Vancouver water from aquifers, not affected

Press Release Date:
Friday, May 23, 2014
Boiling not required for Vancouver water


In response to citizen questions and calls, the City of Vancouver Utility reminds its customers that 100 percent of  Vancouver's drinking water comes from aquifers. Vancouver water is not under the Boil Water Notice in the Metro area.

The City of Vancouver is the fourth largest provider of drinking water in the state of Washington, serving up nearly 9.4 billion gallons of water in 2013 to more than 230,000 people within the city and a portion of the unincorporated area. All of that water, every drop, comes comes from wells tapping three underground aquifers – Orchards, Troutdale and the Sand-and-Gravel aquifers.

An aquifer is an underground layer of unconsolidated rock or sand that is saturated with usable amounts of water. Aquifers, which store and carry water, form significant natural water supplies. Recharge areas are important to a healthy aquifer. In a recharge area, water is able to seep into the earth and down to the aquifer, helping to resupply the resource. In order to ensure tap water is safe, EPA prescribes regulations that limit contaminants. The city’s Water Resources Protection Program actively inspects and assists businesses in special protection areas. The City of Vancouver puts its water through rigorous testing, far beyond what laws require.

If you are a City of Vancouver water customer, please know that water here comes from a different source and is not affected by the Boil Water Notice issued today, March 23, 2014, by the City of Portland. You can learn more about the City of Vancouver’s water at

Vancouver supports the efforts of the City of Portland to help and inform customers. If you or family are customers of the Portland Water Bureau or one of its affected regional water providers, please visit


Contact: Loretta Callahan, Public Information/Community Relations, Department of Public Works, City of Vancouver,, 360-487-8255.