Water Supply and Distribution

Gibsons Water Supply
The groundwater that lies under the Town of Gibsons is contained in a confined aquifer. An aquifer provides a natural underground reservoir that holds and provides groundwater to wells and springs. About 75% of the Town of Gibsons residents depend on groundwater pumped from three wells located in Lower Gibsons. The Town has no need to chlorinate water from the Gibsons Aquifer as it is so pure that it can meet health standards without chemical treatment. Upper Gibsons is supplied from the Sunshine Coast Regional District’s (SCRD) treated surface water source.

Water Testing and Monitoring 
The Town of Gibsons tests its drinking water on a regular basis. There are many tests that are carried out to ensure that the drinking water supplied to Gibsons is top quality. To view testing information and results click here.

Drinking Water System Annual Report
The Annual Report provides an overview of the Town’s water distribution system, testing, and improvements to the system. To view this document, click here.

Emergency Response and Contingency Plan (ERCP)

The Town must maintain an Emergency Response and Contingency Plan (ERCP) to comply with the requirements of the British Columbia Drinking Water Protection Act and the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Authority. The purpose of the ERCP is to guide Town staff in responding to an emergency in the Town of Gibsons water supply system in order to:

  • Provide the earliest response to an emergency
  • Ensure that water quality and public health are not compromised
  • Ensure that water for firefighting is available
  • Restore normal water supply system operation
  • Protect the natural environment from impacts associated with water supply system operation in an emergency

The ERP outlines the procedures to be taken in an emergency involving the source, transmission, storage, and distribution components of the Town of Gibsons water supply system.

Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?
The Town developed a comprehensive Water Supply Strategic Plan in 2004 that outlines how to ensure a sustainable water supply, water quality objectives, and a demand management action plan for the community water system. In conjunction with the Strategic Plan, the Town has also developed an Aquifer Protection Plan, Well Head Protection Plan, Drought Management Plan, and has implemented a cross-connection control and a residential metering program. Even with these efforts, the Town had a very limited understanding of the capacity, operation and boundary limits of its aquifer, as the noted reports were based on theoretical estimates without the benefit of comprehensive monitoring data. This is no longer the case, as the Town has now completed a comprehensive mapping of the Gibsons Aquifer. Details on this project can be found on the Aquifer Mapping webpage.