Water quality in British Columbia’s aquifer has improved significantly over the last 10 years.
It’s a result of the province’s efforts to reduce its dependence on imported water.
But water quality issues are likely to get worse in the future, as climate change and more frequent floods bring increased water stress.
Water quality data from the Ministry of the Environment shows that water quality levels in the province have dropped by about two per cent from 2007 to 2020.
This drop is a result, in part, of an ongoing effort to reduce the use of imported water and to install more water-efficient water-treatment facilities.
The government says the drop in water quality is largely attributable to improvements in water treatment and recycling.
The province also says its water system has improved its ability to reduce waste from water.
In 2018, the provincial government also began building new aquifines, and now has almost 2,500 kilometres of freshwater storage facilities and 1,400 kilometres of river-fed groundwater storage, including a new 300-megawatt water treatment plant in Vancouver.
The BC Liberal government has announced an $8-billion plan to upgrade its water treatment system, but the new system will require additional funding.
The province has already spent $1.3 billion on the new plant and the rest of the investment is expected to be paid back by 2020.
With files from the Associated Press and CTV News’ Mike O’Brien