Residents of the City of Rossland enjoy some of the best water in the world. Our reservoir is fed by a forested watershed, which means our water supply is naturally clean and clear, and needs little treatment.

Even so, City of Rossland Water Services keeps a close eye on our water, collecting samples from across the City's water system every day, the samples are tested to check for everything from bacteria and algae concentrations to pH, turbidity and conductivity.

The Annual Water Report reviews the procedures that the City of Rossland uses to provide clean water. Copies of the water reports are available at the bottom of this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is chlorine added to Rossland's drinking water? Yes. City of Rossland Water Services adds chlorine to the drinking water to disinfect the source water entering the treatment plant.
  2. Is fluoride added to our drinking water? No. City of Rossland Water Services does not add fluoride to our drinking water as part of its treatment process.
  3. Is Rossland's drinking water hard or soft? The drinking water in Rossland is very soft. It contains very low amounts of calcium and magnesium salts and does not, as in other cities that have much harder water, produce any buildup of lime inside kettles, hot water tanks or household plumbing.

Water Flushing Program

Annual flushing of the water distribution system is important as it allows accumulated silts and organic matter to be flushed out of the watermain. Sediments reduce the effectiveness of disinfectants (chlorine) used to fight the growth of bacteria in the water system. By removing sediments, we can reduce the level of chlorine used to disinfect the water.

Flushing usually begins in April of each year, and continues until May. Flushing may result in pressure fluctuation and some discoloration and sediment in the water that reaches your home. This should be for a short duration only. However, if your water appears discoloured, run the cold water tap until the water clears. Information signs are placed around affected neighborhoods.

Water Testing

To ensure the City's water is safe and meets acceptable standards, our crews collect drinking water samples each week from locations in the water distribution network. Over the course of a year, approximately 300 water samples are collected and tested for microbiological, organic and inorganic contaminants which may affect the health of water users.

The majority of samples are negative, however, if there is evidence of bacteria, the system is flushed and rechlorinated and further samples are taken to ensure that bacteria has been eliminated.

If you notice discolouring, odour or taste problems with your water, please contact the Manager of Operations at (778)457-5036

2015 Water Report (670.77 KB)
2014 Water Report (892.68 KB)
2013 Water Report (746.57 KB)