Water Services Plans

Metro Vancouver is responsible for developing long-range plans for managing our region’s drinking water, including our three sources: Capilano, Seymour and Coquitlam.

The primary goal of these plans is to provide clean, safe drinking water. The plans also reflect healthy watershed attributes (fisheries, potential for clean energy, diverse wildlife and plant populations, recreation etc.) and address the future, particularly supplying water to a growing population and anticipating changes in supply resulting from climate change.

To be clear and transparent about meeting this responsibility, Metro Vancouver regularly reports on statistics and monitoring programs and the progress of implementing these plans.

Plans

Capilano and Seymour Water Sources Joint Water Use Plan (in Provincial review)

Metro Vancouver is developing a Water Use Plan for both the Capilano and Seymour sources. While prioritizing drinking water, it also considers fish populations and habitat and the potential for green energy production. A draft submission is currently undergoing Provincial review with stakeholders.

Coquitlam Water Source Water Use Plan, 2005 (developed by BC Hydro)

BC Hydro developed the Water Use Plan for the Coquitlam-Buntzen Facilities in 2005 and reports annually. Since 2005 the Coquitlam Dam was reconstructed (complete 2008) and the Kwikwetlem Salmon Restoration Program began to examine the potential to reintroduce salmon to Coquitlam Reservoir.