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.


Capilano and Seymour Water Sources Joint Water Use Plan

Metro Vancouver developed a Water Use Plan for both the Capilano and Seymour water sources, which received Provincial approval in 2018. While prioritizing drinking water, it also considers fish populations and habitat and the potential for green energy production.

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.