The Town of Gibsons is served by well water from an unusually pure local aquifer. The Town delivers water to approximately 4,000 local customers via 1,700 service connections. The Town is committed to scrupulous monitoring of water quality and preserving its exceptional aquifer.
Due to the proactive approach the Town takes towards aquifer mapping and monitoring, the Gibsons Aquifer is receiving attention from the international groundwater community. The Town’s Aquifer Mapping Study came to the attention of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto in early 2012. The Program of Water Issues at the school invited the Director of Engineering, Dave Newman, to join a panel discussion at the June 25th, 2013 Conference: Underground Intelligence: The need to map, monitor, and manage Canada’s groundwater resources in an era of drought and climate change.
The presentation was one of the few good news stories among the sobering facts about the state of groundwater management in North America. For more information visit the Program on Water Issues website.
Town water rates for both residential and commercial properties are based on a tiered rate structure, with the price rising as water consumption rises. Usage is measured per six month period, and prices are charged per cubic metre. (A cubic metre equals 1,000 litres or 264 US gallons). Water usage within the Town of Gibsons is metered. For current water rates and water connection charges, please refer to Schedule B (updated annually) of the Gibsons Utility Regulation Bylaw here.
Most of the Sunshine Coast is served by the Regional District’s water system, which supplies 23,000 customers from the Chapman Creek water treatment facility, opened in 2004. Some rural areas have wells or other small water systems. For current water rates and connection charges, please click here
The Town of Gibsons wastewater treatment plant, completed in 2006, is designed to accommodate the projected build-out of the town (10,000 residents). Residential properties connected to sewer pay a sewer usage fee plus a parcel tax. There is a flat fee for commercial properties that varies according to the type of usage. For current fees and connection charges, please refer to Schedule C of the Gibsons Utility Regulation Bylaw here
Natural gas is available through Fortis BC (except in some remote areas of the Sunshine Coast). Detailed information about commercial rates is available here: