The City of Vancouver is the fourth largest provider of drinking water in the state of Washington, serving up 8.95 billion gallons to about 230,000 people within the city and a portion of the unincorporated area in 2011.
Our Water Maintenance Team is responsible for operating and maintaining the extensive water distribution system, which includes 11 water stations, 40 wells, about 1,026 miles of pipes, 52 booster pumps, and nearly 69,000 service connections (water meters) in our water service area, which includes all of the City of Vancouver and some surrounding urban areas of the community. Quality and service are top priorities for all water-related engineering, operations and maintenance teams.
The City of Vancouver's drinking water not only meets all state and federal requirements, it frequently exceeds them. In fact, Vancouver puts its water through far more stringent tests than U.S. and Washington laws require.
The 2011 Water Quality report, the latest published report, has been sent to all addresses throughout our water service area, as required by federal law. The report for 2012 has not yet been completed; it must be distributed and published by July 1, 2013, per EPA requirements.
The City of Vancouver is required to set Water Conservation Goals for its municipal system per state Department of Health water use efficiency requirements (WAC 246-290-830(4)(a)). Vancouver's Supply Side Goal is to maintain annual water loss from the distribution system at 6 percent or less. This goal can be achieved by continued monitoring of water loss through meter calibration, meter exchange program and leak detection.
Vancouver's Demand Side Goal is to reduce the average equivalent residential unit (ERU) annual water consumption by a minimum of 1 percent within six years. This goal can be achieved by education and promotion of water conservation using utilities flyers, handouts, web-based information, and educational activities and programs at the city's Water Resources Education Center.
Since adoption of these goals, water leakage and water consumption per capita have both decreased.