Drinking Water Quality

CRD Water Quality staff monitor the quality of our drinking water by providing sample collection and analytical testing in the Greater Victoria Drinking Water System and water quality oversight for a number of CRD-operated small water systems in the Capital Regional District.

Lead and Drinking Water

The Canadian Drinking Water Quality – Recent Change in Lead Guideline and Capital Regional District Actions report contains the recent revised Health Canada guidelines for lead in drinking water and the CRD’s plan to continue to investigate and undertake actions to address the public health risks associated with potential exposure to lead from drinking water.


Drinking Water Regulations

Public drinking water in British Columbia must conform to the BC Provincial Regulations and to the Federal Guidelines. Read more >>

Water Quality Reports and Data Summaries

Greater Victoria Drinking Water Systems

Includes bulk water customers (Central Saanich, Esquimalt, North Saanich, Oak Bay, Saanich, Sidney, Victoria),  and CRD retail customers, (the West Shore municipalities of Colwood, Highlands, Langford, Metchosin and View Royal along with Sooke and East Sooke)

Small Water Systems

Total Microcystin: Present/Absent


The total microcystin data provided above is limited to water samples collected at each CRD water system treatment plant intake and does not necessarily reflect water quality conditions in other areas of the water body. Raw water quality conditions can vary in different areas and at different depths of the lake. Therefore it should not be assumed that an Absent result above indicates that the water body is entirely free of microcystins. The CRD does not assume any liability to or on behalf of those who use this data, and does not make any representations or warranties on the accuracy or completeness of the data provided.

Drinking Water Emergencies / Leaks

Call CRD: 250.474.9630

Water Main Flushing

Water mains in Greater Victoria are flushed each Fall and Winter. Read more >>

Contact Water Quality Staff

Concerns or comments about the quality of your drinking water? Contact Drinking Water Quality staff at 250.474.9643.

Jessica Dupuis, Water Quality Officer