FAQ

The aquifers that provide drinking water to East Langley are being depleted. The East Langley Water Supply Project will ensure the Township’s commitment to a long term, sustainable drinking water supply. Additional water supply will also allow for the Aldergrove Core Plan to proceed, and for development of a new Aldergrove Community Plan.

The project will use water from Metro Vancouver’s supply from the Coquitlam watershed.

We anticipate the system to be operational in 2015.
• Phase One began in spring 2013.
• Phases Two and Three began in spring 2014.

While the main objective of the project is to provide secure and sustainable water supplies to existing Aldergrove residents and businesses, there may be future opportunity for additional service enhancements.

Township water will be a mixed use system, meaning that water from Metro Vancouver will be added to Township supplies in some areas. This will help keep water utility rates reasonable and it will allow our aquifers to recharge.

Yes, Using Metro Vancouver water supplies will provide opportunity for the aquifers to recharge. Maintaining a local supply of water is important for economic, reliability, and security purposes.

The Township’s Water Shortage Response Bylaw 2012 No. 4909  restricts the use of water outdoor irrigation; however, it can be used for greenhouse and other indoor commercial farming operations.

All Township-supplied drinking water meets Canadian drinking water guidelines. The additional supply from Metro Vancouver will help alleviate aesthetic concerns.

Development Cost Charges (DCC) funds contribute up to 70 percent of the cost for works between Willoughby and Murrayville, and 50 percent of the costs for works between Murrayville and Gloucester. DCC funds are obtained through fees charged when development occurs. The remainder is being funded by the water utility, paid as a separate fee on municipal taxes by those properties provided with a water service. 
Council adopted the East Langley Water Supply Loan Authorization Bylaw, allowing for a $33.5-million loan from the Municipal Finance Authority of British Columbia. This allows the cost of the work to be amortized over 20 years, to be paid back through the DCC program and water utility rates. 

The 52 Avenue connection allows for increased security of the water system, improved servicing options for properties in the Salmon River Uplands, and is significantly cheaper than a Fraser Highway alignment.

Not directly. Because the watermain will operate at a high pressure and in order to maintain its structural integrity, it won’t be possible for an individual water service or fire hydrant to connect directly to it. However, you may apply for a Local Area Service, which, if approved, could mean that you and your neighbours could connect through a local water distribution network.

Yes, but first your water system must be upgraded to meet current Township engineering standards, per Policy 05-724.