May 3, 2010 : Victoria, BC – Many people in Greater Victoria do not know what is in their tap water or even where it comes from. Nils Jensen, Chair of the Regional Water Supply Commission, commented, “The water quality information recently posted on the CRD website along with the Watershed Tours during the first week of May will help to fill this knowledge gap. The quality of water in the Greater Victoria Drinking Water System is very good, as shown by the results of our constant testing.”
Greater Victoria’s drinking water comes from Sooke Reservoir. The forested watershed provides a level of source water protection, which is virtually unique across North America. The water is disinfected using a three step process: ultraviolet light inactivates parasites, free chlorine kills viruses and bacteria and chloramine provides a long lasting chlorine residual in the distribution system. No fluoride or other chemicals are added during the treatment process.
Greater Victoria’s drinking water meets all Federal and Provincial health regulations. The water is very soft, has a neutral pH, moderate colour, low turbidity (cloudiness) and low solids. Greater Victoria’s drinking water contains low chlorine residual, a tiny amount of natural fluoride, low levels of minerals, low levels of disinfection by-products, virtually no heavy metals and no detectable levels of pesticides or other synthetic organic chemicals. In other words, Greater Victoria’s drinking water is safe to drink straight from the tap.
Information on the quality of Greater Victoria’s drinking water can be found on the CRD website at Reports and Documents.
Dr. Richard Stanwick, Chief Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Island Health Authority said, “People who live in Greater Victoria can be justly proud of the quality of water in the Greater Victoria Drinking Water System.”