Metro Vancouver Update

services and solutions for a livable region

Issue 62 | April 2020

Metro Vancouver continues to closely monitor the developments regarding COVID-19 and is taking proactive steps to ensure critical service levels, including the delivery of drinking water and the management of liquid and solid waste, are maintained at all times.

This issue highlights infrastructure projects that are planning for future water needs through the Coquitlam Intake No. 2 supply tunnel, and design approaches for the new Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant that will provide additional benefits for the community and environment.

New restrictions on open burning are now in effect and there are changes to how waste transfer stations and recycling depots operate during COVID. The Unflushables campaign is back to remind residents of what can – and can’t – be put down a toilet, to help keep our wastewater systems running well.

In Kanaka Creek Regional Park, salmon and trout are enjoying new habitat thanks to an enhancement project by a local community group.

Lastly, check out our videos to learn about an innovative project to turn wastewater into fuel, tour a new animal shelter and watch specialized divers at work in our region’s water and wastewater systems.

As Dr. Bonnie Henry says – Be Calm, Be Kind, Be Safe!

Together we make our region strong.

Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing.

Metro Vancouver has started planning for a new Coquitlam Intake No. 2 Water Supply, which will provide access to additional…

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Metro Vancouver has restricted open burning of vegetative debris and is encouraging residents to reduce the use of their wood-burning…

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Young salmon and trout now have more room to grow at Kanaka Creek Regional Park in Maple Ridge, thanks to…

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Metro Vancouver is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments and taking steps to maintain service while keeping staff and the public safe.…

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A new Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant in Richmond is being designed using a regenerative approach. Iona Island is in…

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Metro Vancouver’s Unflushables campaign is back to remind residents to flush only pee, poo and toilet paper. Flushing anything else can…

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Events & Videos

  Every year billions of litres of wastewater are processed worldwide. The byproduct of this treatment is seen as waste,…

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​It’s late at night and sewer flows are low, so this specialized diving team is heading into a Metro Vancouver…

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The City of New Westminster invited the public to an opening celebration of their new shelter location. Not only is…

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When you have to work underwater, and underground, at the same time, there’s no room for error. See how divers and…

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