What We Do

Metro Vancouver provides a reliable source of safe, high-quality drinking water to our member local governments by acquiring and maintaining the supply, treating it to ensure its quality and delivering it to the local governments.

In turn, local governments are responsible for distributing water to residents and businesses, as well as additional testing and metering.

We Work On

Water Sources & Supply

Metro Vancouver's water comes from rainfall and snowmelt in the Capilano, Seymour, and Coquitlam watersheds, and is stored in three large reservoirs. The watersheds cover about 60,000 hectares of natural forests and, to ensure the high quality of our water, are protected from development and closed to public access. We process this water through major drinking water facilities before distribution to member local governments.

Water Quality, Treatment, and Testing

Before distribution, we treat the water to extremely high standards at one of two major drinking water treatment facilities. To ensure the safety of the water, a monitoring program is in place throughout the system and we conduct over 35,000 water tests a year.

Water Conservation

Even though we live in a rainy city, water conservation is critical to accommodate our growing population, delay expensive infrastructure upgrades, and reduce environmental impacts. That's why we have lawn watering regulations, public outreach, and a home conservation program.

Construction, Maintenance, and Community Engagement

To ensure our consistent and reliable high-quality water, we upgrade and build infrastructure to meet current and future needs. This includes seismic upgrades, leak detection programs, and creating new water connections for growing municipalities. Community engagement and sustainable practices are key focuses of current construction projects.

Drinking Water Management Plan

This over-arching plan sets the direction and priorities for drinking water initiatives for the region. Its primary goal is to provide clean, safe drinking water. It lays out the priority for drinking water initiatives such as: building or constructing new infrastructure, identifying additional water supplies, and managing watersheds as natural assets.