Water & Sewer
Municipal water systems
About half of Bowen Island homes are served from a Municipal water system. The rest are supplied by private communal water systems or private wells. All Municipal water systems are subject to the Drinking Water Protection Act, Water Act, Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines and other requirements from the Ministry of Health and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
Bowen Island Municipality owns and operates several water systems, serving approximately 1,000 connections.
View the Municipal Water Systems Map.
How to find your water meter
Information on how to find a water leak can be found here: Do You Know Where Your Water Meter is Located?
Information on how to mitigate the charges on your bill that result from a leak can be found here: Utility Charge Adjustment Policy.
Low water pressure?
If you are experiencing low water pressure, try the following:
- If you have a filter system, you will have to replace your filters from time to time. This may become necessary sooner than usual during the summer with the increase of algae and turbidity in the water supply.
- If pressure reduction occurs in just one sink or bathroom: There are screens on most of your faucets that may also be plugged. Unscrew and clean them.
- Most houses have a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV). As you can see in the diagram below, there is a fine screen through which all your household water has to go. If you haven’t cleaned this screen, this may be the problem. Shut off your water. Unscrew the hex nut at the bottom of the PRV. Remove stainless screen and clean. Reassemble making sure not to pinch the O-ring.
- Contact a plumbing contractor to trouble-shoot the issue.