Electricity & Natural Gas

The new Clean Energy Act consolidated BC Hydro and BC Transmission Corporation, as of July 5, 2010, to provide a single entity that plans and delivers the clean energy required to meet British Columbia’s growing demand for electricity while fostering job creation throughout the province and helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions. BC Hydro, a crown corporation, operates 31 hydroelectric facilities and three thermal generating plants, totaling 12,000 megawatts (MW) of installed generating capacity. BC Hydro has a network of over 18,500 kilometres of transmission lines and 57,648 kilometres of distribution lines. This network also includes approximately 300 substations, 900,000 utility poles and 325,000 individual transformers. The system connects with other transmission systems in Alberta and Washington State to improve the overall reliability of our system and provide opportunities for trade.


Fortis BC provides electricity, natural gas, propane, and integrated energy solutions such as geothermal and district energy. As an integrated energy solutions provider, FortisBC owns and operates four regulated hydroelectric generating plants, approximately 7,000 kilometres of transmission and distribution power lines and approximately 47,000 kilometres of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines.


water & sewer

The watershed to the north of Nanaimo consists of two engineered dams. The upper dam, built in the 1970’s is earth filled and stores 3.5 billion gallons of water and feeds a lower, concrete intake dam built in 1930 which impounds 400 million gallons. The water supply mains have a capacity of 54 million gallons per day within the City boundaries. Twenty million gallons are stored in seven reservoir sites within the City limits. There are in excess of 50 pressure reducing stations to maintain normal pressures and seven pump stations to boost the pressure to higher elevations.

There are two chlorinating facilities. The water is classified as ‘soft’.

The waterworks main supply is owned by The Greater Nanaimo Water District. The distribution system is owned by the City of Nanaimo and consists of 157 km of storm sewers, 443 km of sanitary sewers and 418 km of water mains. The service is designed to meet the needs of a population of 90,000.

A new water reservoir in north Nanaimo has been constructed, and plans for a pump station are underway to provide for future growth.
The Greater Nanaimo Water Pollution Control Centre has undergone significant upgrading since it was completed in 1973. With the addition of sedimentation tanks, circulating pumps and solid dewatering and belt filter presses, the site can now accommodate an annual flow from 240,000 people, an increase from 55,000 in its original design.

For information about sewer or water levies, contact the City of Nanaimo Finance Department at 250-754-4251.

garbage disposal & recycling

The Nanaimo Regional District operates a landfill site south of the city. The City of Nanaimo provides weekly residential garbage collection and disposal services, and bi-weekly collection of certain recyclables. City garbage services are not extended to businesses. Businesses contact garbage and recycling collection and disposal to private operators.