Thursday, January 19, 2023

What Lies Beneath: Langley City’s Water Reservoir

BC Hydro and FortisBC likely come to mind when you think of utilities. Probably, you don’t think of Langley City as a large utility, but the City is.

Langley City provides water and sewer services which require a significant amount of infrastructure. Most of it is hidden out of view or underground.

After a local election, City staff usually arrange a Council tour of the various “hidden” pieces of infrastructure and City facilities. One site I’ve never visited before was the City’s water reservoir.

Pump room at Langley City’s Water Reservoir. Select image to enlarge.

Water quality sample station at Langley City’s Water Reservoir. Select image to enlarge.

The City built the water reservoir at the end of the 1990s to replace an old water tower and other end-of-life water infrastructure. The water reservoir primarily serves areas in Langley City south of the Nicomekl River though it can also serve as an emergency supply for the whole city. Langley City purchases our water from the Metro Vancouver Regional District. The connection to the regional district’s water system is by Willowbrook Mall. If that connection and our interconnection with the Township of Langley were damaged, the City would have about three days of water available in the reservoir.

It was interesting to see the scale of the reservoir as it is mainly hidden out of view.

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