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2014 WATER Forecast for Metro Vancouver

Delivering water to your tap is no simple task. Explosive population growth complicates matters. Extensive planning and a huge budget are involved in keeping you clean and hydrated.

Here are major Metro Vancouver drinking water projects that may affect you, your neighbourhood and your water quality in 2014.

Twin Tunnelstunnels
North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Vancouver, Richmond
Expected completion: Fall 2014

Untreated water from the Capilano Reservoir will be pumped through a large tunnel to the Seymour Filtration Plant.  Treated water will be returned to the Capilano water distribution system through the second twin tunnel. This will improve water quality for residents of West Vancouver and the western reaches of Vancouver, Richmond and North Vancouver.

The twin tunnels pass under Grouse Mountain through 7.1 km of rock. Originally scheduled for completion in 2009, these massive tunnels have taken six years to excavate, one year to install the permanent support and an additional two years to line their interior.

Port Mann Water Supply TunnelMV water main
Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley
Expected completion: Late 2015

A massive new water supply tunnel is being constructed under the Fraser River (west of the new Port Mann Bridge) between Coquitlam and Surrey. This new water supply main that will more than double the existing capacity for water delivery to municipalities south of the Fraser River.

Coquitlam UV Disinfection Project
Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley, Maple Ridge

This is a major new upgrade to ensure that the treatment of water coming from the Coquitlam Reservoir is in compliance with Health Canada’s regulations. Upgrades have also been made to the region’s ozonation facility. These upgrades will improve water quality for locations in the eastern reaches of Metro Vancouver supplied by the Coquitlam reservoir.

The Ridge Water Utility Projects
Maple Ridge, Langley, Surrey
Expected completion: Fall 2014

A large new pump station plus new water mains will increase water supply to the fast-growing communities of Maple Ridge, Langley and Surrey.

Douglas Road Main No. 2- Still Creek Phase
Burnaby, New Westminster
Expected completion: Late 2014

A new water main is being built to replace the existing 70 year old pipeline that currently delivers tap water to Burnaby, New Westminster and other parts of the Lower Mainland.

Angus Drive Main
Vancouver, Richmond, Delta

Construction planning is underway for new infrastructure (running from West 28th to the Fraser River) to meet increasing demand as population growth surges in the lower mainland.

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