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The University Endowment Lands (UEL) buys its water from the Greater Vancouver Water District (Metro Vancouver). The increase in cost of water from the GVWD for the 2020 calendar year is approximately 5.95% over the 2019 cost.

The 2020 UEL water rates listed below reflect the increase in cost from the GVWD with no additional increase in the UEL mark-up.

As shown, the water rates are based on the GVWD seasonal Peak (June 1 to September 30) and Off-Peak (January 1 to May 31 and October 1 to December 31) periods. This results in three billing cycles per year that correspond with these periods.

Effective January 1, 2020 UEL water rates will be as follows:

  • Minimum period charge, Off Peak - $25.00
  • Minimum period charge, Peak - $25.00
  • Rate per cubic meter, Off Peak - $1.6665
  • Rate per cubic meter, Peak - $2.0832

The UEL has taken the step to implement water metering of every residence and commercial water user. This supports accurate monitoring of potable water consumption, and ensures that customers only pay for the water they use.

Water Billing Schedule

  • Single-family, Multi-family and Commercial customers are billed for water three times per year at the end of May, September, and December.

Paying Your Water Bill

Water bill payments can be mailed to or dropped of at the UEL Administration Office (cheques by mail, cheques or cash in person). Water bill cheques should be payable to "The University Endowment Lands". You can now pay your water bill using a credit card (Visa or MasterCard only) both in- person and over the phone. Debit card payments are accepted in-person only.

Please note that your water bill is due and payable on receipt or within 30 days of the invoice date.

Backflow Prevention Program

The UEL Schedule 10: Cross Connection Control Bylaw (PDF, 22KB) requires installation of backflow prevention devices to protect the water supply from contamination or pollution arising from potential cross-connections.

Backflow Prevention Assemblies are typically installed on lawn/garden irrigation systems and swimming pool fill supply lines, and must be tested annually. Information regarding the Backflow Prevention Assembly Program and Test Reports is available on-line, or you can contact the
UEL Administration Office for more information.

Drinking Water Quality Monitoring

The UEL implemented a Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Program in 2002. The UEL adopted the Water Quality Monitoring and Reporting Plan developed by the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), its member municipalities and the region’s Medical Health Officers. With this approved monitoring program in place, the UEL has collected and analyzed water quality data since 2002. This report provides an outline of the program and its water quality testing results for the year 2019. CLICK HERE to read the report.