City Water Projects

As White Rock water crews and contractors work on projects throughout the City, we hope to minimize any disruption to the water services. Please continue checking this page to see any current and upcoming water related projects.

Total Water Quality Management Project

1. Disinfection of distribution system

In October 2016, the City began its phased approach to adding secondary disinfection to the City's water, as mandated and closely monitored by the Fraser Health Authority.

To ensure the City implements the right technology to reach its water quality goals, it has partnered with RES'EAU-WaterNET. For more information on this project please the City's Water Research page.

2. Increased City's water storage capacity by 33%

When the City acquired the water utility in October of 2015, the total available water storage was 4.50 million litres. Since that time, the City has completed the construction of a reservoir that did not previously exist. This reservoir is located at the Oxford Site and has a water storage capacity of 1.88 million litres. In April of 2017, the City completed the construction its second reservoir, the Merklin Site. This means the City's total available storage is now at 6.05 million litres and is sufficient for a population of 26,650 people. According to the 2016 census, White Rock's current population is of 19,952 people. 

Summaries of Reservoir Upgrades: 

Oxford Street Site Upgrade | January 2015 - February 2016

  • Previously did not exist
  • Increases City's water capacity by an additional 1.88 million litres
  • Allows the City to comply with the Fraser Health mandate to treat the City's water supply through secondary disinfection
  • City also added remote monitoring and control of the water system to this site 

View an enlarged version of the rendering by clicking on the image. 
Oxford Elevations [PDF - 186 KB]

Merklin Street Site Upgrade

The City of White Rock has completed the construction of the new Merklin Reservoir and pumping station. The construction of the Merklin Reservoir provides additional water storage of 1.40 million litres, and, coupled with the completion of the Oxford Reservoir, this reservoir brings the total water storage capacity for the City of White Rock to 6.05 ML. In only 18 months of owning the water utility, the City has increased water storage capacity by 33%. The increased capacity and the seismic upgrades completed at this site provide more sustainability to our water infrastructure.

View an enlarged version of the rendering by clicking on the image. 
Merklin Elevations [PDF - 449 KB] 

3. Additional supply to meet future demand in 2031

4. Arsenic and Manganese Treatment

The City of White Rock has received a historic first— nearly $12 million in grant funding from the Government of Canada and Government of British Columbia to go towards the City’s $14.2 million arsenic and manganese treatment processes to address the City’s water quality and ensure a healthier community. 

In 2010, under the private ownership, E.coli was discovered in the City’s water. The Fraser Health Authority (FHA) advised the private company that in order for it to operate, it must implement secondary disinfection by June 30, 2016 and that should arsenic and manganese levels move above Health Canada’s Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality (GCDWQ), or should the GCDWQ deem manganese a health criteria, a treatment system must be operational or before December 31, 2018. The arsenic levels are close to the maximum acceptable limits of the Guideline for Canadian Drinking Water Quality (GCDWQ). Fraser Health requires treatment, if the City's limits go above the maximum acceptable limits, by December 31, 2018. Manganese treatment needs to be considered if GCDWQ establishes a limit for health effects. There is only an aesthetic limit. 

As mentioned above, to ensure the City implements the right technology to reach its water quality goals, it has partnered with RES'EAU-WaterNET. For more information on this project please the City's Water Research page.

5. Water Main Flushing Program

The City of White Rock’s Water Main Flushing Program aims at maintaining the City's water system.

Flushing is a method of cleaning the water main pipes by forcing water through them at high speed and discharging it through hydrants, which are left open until the water runs clear. This fast-moving water flow scours and cleans out mineral deposits and sediment that have built up over time and settled at the bottom of the pipes.

The Citywide annual flushing program typically occurs during the months of November and December. Additional water main flushing may be scheduled at other times of the year. For more information visit the City's webpage for the Water System - Water Main Flushing Program.

Missed a Community Forum or Open House on the City's Water Quality Plans? 

The City of White Rock has held various events where staff has informed and engaged the public around the City's acquisition on the water utility and water quality. 

If you missed those events, please browse through the City boards or Powerpoint under Past Event Materials. You can also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information too.