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 The City of Prince George provides water to a population of over 76,000, including supply, pumping, treatment, storage and distribution of on average 189 million liters (50 million gallons) of water daily.   The City's water infrastructure is comprised of over 550 thousand meters of distribution pipes, 10 pump stations, 15 reservoirs and 6 wells. 

 

Drinking Water Overview

​The City of Prince George is supplied with water from a series of water wells within the city and along the Nechako River. The wells are drilled into gravel deposits that underlie much of Prince George within the "bowl" area. These gravel deposits contain groundwater and are excellent aquifers. ​

CPG Water System 

 

The City of Prince George wellhouse near the Nechako River derives water via a large diameter well from gravel aquifers that underlie the city.

 

 

          • City drinking water comes from 6 municipal wells that draw 18 billion liters of water each year from underground aquifers.
                      • By utilizing underground aquifers, residents are protected against bacteria and other pollutants often found in surface sources such as lakes or rivers.
                      • Raw water is chlorinated according to guidelines set out by the Northern Health Authority. The amount of chlorine used is monitored daily to maintain system-wide balance and to ensure the highest degree of protection for all residents. In addition, certified City operators routinely sample our water supply for quality and safety using accredited laboratories.
                      • Treated water is pumped to and stored in 15 service reservoirs strategically located throughout the City. Water is supplied to homes either directly from water supply well pumps or from one of these reservoirs.

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Merits of City Supplied Drinking Water

  • City operators monitor water quality on a continuous basis through manual sampling and on site automatic instrumentation.
  • Approximately 90 samples are taken every month and sent to the BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) with the goal of having zero coliforms present. The City’s disinfection practices maintain product integrity and purity throughout the distribution system. Safety is equal or better than bottled water. No further treatment of tap water is required.
  • No Cryptosporidia or Giardia is present due to the natural filtering of groundwater. A year long sampling for these two protozoal parasites yielded zero readings in a survey of weekly samples taken in 1997. As a result, Prince George is considered one of the best water systems in the province for protection against these organisms and as such, is used as a negative protozoal cyst control in BCCDC and UBC studies on Cryptosporidium and Giardia. No other BC community has matched this track record. Since 1997, Prince George continues to have no incidents of Cryptosporidia or Giardia. (Provided by NHA)
  • The buffered chemistry of the City’s water and moderate amounts of calcium and hardness dissuade the leaching of heavy metals or plasticizers out of plumbing or containers. For example, Prince George scored one of the lowest concentrations of lead in the province in a Ministry of Health survey. (Provided by NHA)
  • Tap water such as Prince George’s is fresh as it is continually extracted from the environment and consumed. Bottled water, in comparison, can be weeks, even months old, depending on the source.

Learn more about the City's water system by watching this video.

 

Water Quality

The City of Prince George maintains a water quality testing program to ensure the water provided to its residents is among the best in the province. A map of the city's pressure zones and associated quality reports are available on the water quality and pressure zones page.

Cross Contamination Control (CCC) Program

A cross connection is  any actual or potential connection between a potable water system and any source of pollution or contamination.  A backflow prevention device is required to protect municipal water quality by eliminating potential contaminants from entering any part of the municipal system from private plumbing systems through backflow.  Backflow is a flow of solid, liquid or gas from any source opposite to the normal direction of flow, back into the potable water supply or system.
 

All Commercial, Industrial and Institutional must have a testable back flow prevention device and as per the City of Prince George Water Bylaw No. 7479, 2003.  Section 7.2.6 all water connections with a testable backflow prevention device shall provide a test report on installation and annually thereafter. 

 

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Water Conservation

Water conservation became paramount when the City of Prince George experienced severe water shortages during hot dry summer months . The average domestic water demand can more than double during the summer with over one-third of the total water being used for lawn sprinkling. More information can be found on the water conservation page.

Water Use Restrictions

To conserve water The CoPG implemented Water Use Restrictions bylaw that are in effect 365 days of the year.

More information is available on the water use restrictions page.

Frozen Water Pipes

 

During extreme cold weather some water service pipes may be susceptible to freezing and can rupture.

 Pipes are most susceptible to freezing when located:

  • In an outside wall;
  • Under a sink on an outside wall;
  • In an unheated crawlspace.

More information on frozen water pipes

Contact Us

Full Name: City Hall
Business Phone: 250.561.7600

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