BC Hydro serves the electricity needs of the majority of all British Columbia’s residents, including Chilliwack. In the Lower Mainland, BC Hydro’s hydroelectric facilities, generate over 4,900 gigawatt-hours (GWh) a year. BC Hydro provides an abundant and reliable source of clean energy at a lower cost than most major cites. Visit: BChydro.com.
FortisBC serves the natural gas needs of Chilliwack, as well as millions of other customers throughout BC. Fortis owns two liquefied natural gas storage facilities located in the Delta area and on Vancouver Island. Most homes in the area prefer to use gas for home and water heating as it is significantly less expensive than electricity or oil heating. Visit: FortisBC.com.
Known for having some of the highest water quality in Canada, Chilliwack continues to work to maintain its superb clarity and taste. The City has implemented a comprehensive Groundwater Protection Plan (GPP), protecting the Sardis-Vedder Aquifer. Through a combination of quality monitoring, wellhead protection, pollution prevention, public education initiatives, as well as continuous updating and upgrading, Chilliwack maintains its superior water quality. The City has 17 water reservoirs, 8 drinking water production wells, and 13 potable water pumping stations. To learn more about water fees and regulation please see chilliwack.com
The City of Chilliwack provides sewer services to most of the urban and sub-urban areas. Much of the rural sector currently relies on septic tanks. To service the 18,000 properties within the municipal boundaries, the City has a Wastewater Treatment Plant, 47 sanitary pump stations, and 4 drainage pumping stations. To learn more, visit chilliwack.com.
Recycling and waste reduction efforts remain a high priority in Chilliwack. To divert garbage from going into the landfill, waste is divided into three parts: recyclable material, compostable material, and garbage.
The City provides curbside garbage and recycling collection services to all urban single-family households under a contract with Emterra Environmental. Participating households receive a quarterly bill for recycling and garbage collection on their City utility bill. Multi-family complexes will have the option to apply for participation. Rural areas are handled by private companies.