Work is not finished once the water is treated. Metro Vancouver conducts daily tests on our drinking water—analyzing around 30,000 water samples each year. Water is tested at the reservoirs, through the water mains, and again in each municipality to ensure it's clean and safe all the way to your tap.
Metro Vancouver delivers about one billion litres of drinking water each day (rising to over 1.5 billion in summer) to local governments using a network of dams, water mains, pump stations, storage reservoirs and disinfection stations, all connected by over 500 kilometres of water mains. The water flows seamlessly into local government distribution systems, from where it is delivered to the taps of businesses and residents.
Operating this vast water system requires constant upgrades, improvements, maintenance and expansion, which add up to billions of dollars. By using less drinking water for daily activities, we can reduce demand and minimize the high costs required for new infrastructure.