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Water Quality Advisory

Living in North Vancouver and the Vancouver area means rain is a frequent reality. The City of North Vancouver receives an average of 177 centimetres of precipitation every year.

Water turbidity (cloudy water) can increase as a result of extremely heavy rainfall on the steep mountainous terrain above the region's water supply lakes. Turbidity occurs when sediment is transported into water reservoirs by runoff.

Water quality in Metro Vancouver's source reservoirs is closely monitored. In times of increased turbidity disinfection levels are increased to maximize water quality. Boil water advisories may be issued by the Chief Medical Officer on a situational basis.

Completion of the Seymour-Capilano Filtration project in 2009 will provide a long-term solution to turbidity in drinking water. For more information on water quality visit

Be Prepared

Storm season is here, don't be caught without basic emergency supplies such as drinking water and alternate forms of lighting and heat. Strong winds and heavy rainfall can cause power outages and increased water turbidity. By planning ahead and taking a few small steps you can be prepared. Things you can do today:

Purchase and store the following for 3 days:

  • Bottled water- at least 2 litres per person per day for drinking.
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Candles in sturdy containers and matches
  • Battery-operated or wind up radio (with extra batteries)
  • Food that is ready to eat or requires little water, heat and no refrigeration
  • Manual can opener
  • Small fuel driven stove such as butane (follow manufacturer's directions and store properly)
  • Ensure you have a full propane tank for the barbecue  

Contact Info

City of North Vancouver
Engineering Department
Tel: 604-983-7333 or 604-987-7155

Metro Vancouver Corporate Relations
Don Bradley
Tel: 604 451-6107
Cell: 604 788-2821

Vancouver Coastal Health
Tel: 604-675-3800

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