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Drinking Water

Our Quality Monitoring Program

Burnaby’s drinking water comes from three mountain watersheds: the Capilano, Seymour  and Coquitlam Reservoirs. These reservoirs are protected areas operated and managed by Metro Vancouver. Public access to the reservoirs are restricted to prevent human-related contamination. The water collected from rain and snowmelt at the three reservoirs is treated and tested before it is delivered to lower mainland municipalities for their distribution to its customers.

Did You Know?

  • Burnaby has over 700 kilometres of drinking water distribution lines
  • We deliver approximately 115 million litres of water per day to Burnaby residents and businesses
  • We have 63 dedicated drinking water sampling locations to test over 1,600 samples each year

Tap Water

Watermain Flushing Program

The Operations Department conducts its annual program of flushing and cleaning watermains from the beginning of October until end of May. This may result in the water supply showing sediment and discolouration and may affect some industrial processes. View Current Watermain Flushing information.

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

Outdoor tap water

Drinking Water Reports & Results

The City of Burnaby undertakes drinking water quality sampling within the community to ensure that our drinking water meets the B.C. Safe Drinking Water Regulations and the Health and Welfare Canada Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. Hard copies of Annual Drinking Water Quality Reports are available at all Burnaby's public libraries. 

2020 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

2020 Annual Report

PDF | Appendix A and B

2019 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

2019 Annual Report

PDF | Appendix A and B

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