Water & Sewage
Water Quality Testing
Drinking water samples are collected by the City of Richmond's Water Department. See Water Quality in the City Services section for information on the City's water quality programs.
The Health Department is responsible for administration of the Provincial Drinking Water Protection Act. Complaints relative to poor water quality are investigated.
Contact Environmental Health if you detect unfamiliar taste or odours or particles in the water, or if there is a suspected illness attributed to water quality.
Sewage Disposal Systems
In accordance with Provincial regulations, all on-site sewage disposal systems require Health Department approval. In unsewered areas Building Permits will not be issued until a Sewage Disposal System Permit has been issued. (For additional Building Permit Information, see City Bylaws for the Building Regulation Bylaw, and browse the Building topics in the Planning, Building & Development section.)
Complaints that systems are malfunctioning are investigated and corrective action as required is carried out.
All public pools must be approved by the Health Department prior to opening. Annual Operating Permits are required and routine inspections are carried out to ensure that safety requirements are maintained, that water quality complies with the regulations and that general sanitation is maintained.
Environmental Health (Richmond Health Services)
8100 Granville Avenue
Richmond B.C. V6Y 3T6
Phone: 604- 233-3147