The source for the City of New Westminster’s drinking water starts on the North Shore where fresh water from snowmelt and rain forms creeks and streams that is collected in the Seymour, and Coquitlam reservoirs. Metro Vancouver treats the water and distributes it to each municipality through a regional network of pipes. The City of New Westminster connects into the distribution system and provides water to each of our local business, industries and residents through a network of pipes and service connections that is maintained by Engineering Operations.
The Engineering Department monitors the system to ensure there is adequate pressure to provide enough water not only for daily activities like cooking and cleaning, but also for fire fighting. The water quality is also tested at several locations throughout the city on a weekly basis to ensure that the water being consumed is safe and meets the provincial and federal requirements.