About Our Water Supply

UBC owns and operates its own water distribution system. UBC’s Energy and Water Services unit is responsible for the distribution of potable and firefighting water on the university’s 1,000 acre campus.

Metro Vancouver provides our campus water through the University Endowment Lands (UEL). Water is sourced from the Metro Vancouver’s Sasamat Reservoir. We receive water through two separate water mains: one along University Boulevard and the other along West 16th Avenue. Read more about our water infrastructure.

Water Supply Protection

UBC has a Cross Connection Control Program. The goal of this program is to protect and ensure our drinking water is not contaminated, after any backflow incident. For more details, please see our brochure.

Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Program

Please see the Publications page for information on the Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Program. For additional information on drinking water quality on campus please take a look at UBC’s Safety & Risk Services website.

Water Quality Concerns

A water quality form is available to let us know if there are any concerns about your water.

Watering Regulations

Irrigation and watering regulations are managed by Metro Vancouver.