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Water & Sewers

Boundary Road Watermain and Combined Sewer Separation

This work underway on Boundary Road between Trinity and Oxford is part of the City’s ongoing infrastructure renewal program involving separation of combined sewer as required under the Liquid Waste Management Plan. It was necessary to remove six mature cherry trees on this stretch of road as the corridor is very narrow due to existing utilities, with no alternatives to shift the alignment. When work is completed later in 2019, the trees will be replaced with new cherry trees. See Project 5 of the Capital Works Program »

The steps we take to maintain our water system help provide Burnaby with quality drinking water.  We are proud of our water, sewer and sanitation services, water conservation and clean water initiatives.

You can learn more about our department through Public Works at City Hall, or visit our Frequent Asked Questions for help.

Did you know?

  • As of 2019, the City operates and maintains 723 km of water main, 3,580 hydrants, and 36,780 water services
  • The Greater Vancouver Water District (GVWD) supplies water to the City for distribution. The GVWD owns and operates the Capilano, Seymour and Coquitlam reservoirs. The majority of water supplied to Burnaby is from the Capilano and Seymour reservoirs, which is treated through Seymour-Capilano Filtration Plant.
Water Conservation

Water Conservation Tools

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Water Pressure Changes

Water Pressure Changes

Is your water pressure too low or high?

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Storm & Sanitary Sewers

Storm & Sanitary Sewers

Read more on sewer separation and maintenance.

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Watering Restrictions

Watering Restrictions

When can you water your lawn?

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Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Learn where our clean water comes from.

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Protect your home from flood damage.

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Watermain Flushing Program

The City's Engineering Department has an annual program of flushing and cleaning Watermains.

This activity may cause pressure fluctuations, some discoloration and sediment in the water supply reaching your home or business. These conditions should be of short duration and do not pose a health hazard.

If your water appears discoloured after our crews have finished flushing, clear your water by running a cold water tap in your bathtub to avoid clogging screens in your faucets.

If you have questions or specific concerns, please contact the Engineering Department at 604-294-7221.

Current Watermain Flushing

Watermain flushing is taking place in the Central Valley water zone. View map »

  • Lawn Watering Restrictions

    Watering RestrictionsMoreRestrictions in effect May 1-October 15. What's your watering day?
  • Engineering Permits

    Public Works - WaterMoreFind out who to contact and how to get a permit.
  • Historic Infrastructure Video

    imageMoreWatch a timeline installation of infrastructure throughout the city.
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