There are thousands of water and wastewater systems in British Columbia, ranging from wells and septic systems that serve single homeowners, to large and complex systems that serve many households and businesses. Much of British Columbia’s water and wastewater infrastructure was built more than 50 years ago. According to Environment Canada, 40% of BC residents are served by water pipes that are more than 50 years old.
As this infrastructure ages, it is approaching the end of its useful life. The same way you need to replace the roof on your house, or your car after many years of use, our water and wastewater infrastructure needs to be replaced and upgraded too. Renewal and upgrade of our water systems is essential to our health and environment.