How Lucky are We? Vancouver’s Clean Water

How Lucky are We? Vancouver’s Clean Water

You turn on the handle of your shower in the morning to start the day. Then you go to the sink to brush your teeth. Next you open the tap of your kitchen faucet to prepare breakfast. Water is so integral to our lifestyle that sometimes we overlook its significance. Its accessibility is right at our fingertips as water runs directly from the tap whenever we need it. However, this isn’t the case for everyone. In less developed countries, such as Guatemala, water is more difficult to access, but just as important. We are fortunate enough to have easy access to water right to our homes.

Metro Vancouver ranks among the best quality of water in the world and has one of the largest water systems in North America. Vancouver’s drinking water comes from the Capilano, Seymour, and Coquitlam watersheds which encompass 600 square kilometres of mountainous land. These watersheds collectively provide over a billion gallons of water everyday to our taps.

Our source of water is extremely ideal as it comes from the North Shore mountains where it is away from industrial, agricultural, and human activities. Vancouver’s “micro-biological safe” water is achieved through techniques involving UV light and ozone treatment. The UV light is used to disinfect parasites and pathogens. Our premium water system along with our mountain’s clean reservoirs combine to make our water pristine. What sets us apart from other water purification systems in Canada is the $600 million state-of-the-art water filtration system at the Capilano-Seymour watershed. This system targets turbidity which reduces the risk of waterborne diseases and widespread illness. Metro Vancouver’s reservoirs provide some of the cleanest and clearest water due to its constant movement compared to water wells where water is more stagnant. We are fortunate to have this premier water system at our disposal providing us with clean, tasty, and most importantly safe drinking water. However, not everyone around the world has this resource available. Help the people of Guatemala gain access to fresh water by fundraising for the RunForH2O!

Written by Lucas Wong