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Greater Victoria

Water Facts

  • Greater Victoria experiences a Mediterranean-like climate and is a hub of tourism and economic activity in the region
  • The CRD owns 20,550 hectares of forested land with five source water reservoirs that supply drinking water to the CRD
  • Prior to a newly constructed regional tertiary wastewater treatment plant (2021), the region’s wastewater was released directly into the Juan de Fuca Strait

Water Challenges


Climate change-induced reductions in precipitation and an increasing population exert pressures on drinking water supply


Ecosystems that hold source water reservoirs are increasingly susceptible to climate change hazards such as wildfires


Agricultural instability in the form of water availability and unpredictable weather patterns


Saltwater intrusion from overdrawing groundwater, or sea level rise and more frequent storm surges


A must-read report on climate change in Greater Victoria:

(1) Climate Action Strategy: Taking Action on the Climate Emergency. Capital Regional District (2021).

  • Five-year strategy integrating current local, provincial, and federal initiatives to clearly outline pathways for achieving net-zero emissions by the middle of the 21st century

(2) Capital Region Coastal Flood Inundation Mapping Project Summary Version 2.0 (November 2021)

  • The project had three main tasks and took place from 2019 to 2021, resulting in three reports each with an in-depth analysis that includes sea level rise flooding analysis, tsunami source identification and modelling, and mapping and reporting.

Greater Victoria Situation Report

The Situation Report provides a state-of-the-moment overview and analysis of Greater Victoria’s water conditions, challenges, and emerging issues.

Researcher Profile

  • Maycira Costa

    Lead Researcher, Associate Professor (University of Victoria)

    Spectral Remote Sensing Laboratory

    Our research group is working towards developing research methods to make more effective use of remotely sensed imagery for understanding and monitoring biophysical processes in ocean waters and wetlands, and researching light attenuation in coastal and riverine waters.

Research Facilities

Water and Climate Impacts Research Center – UVIC


The content of this Go Deep page was written by:

Charmaine White

Food and Agriculture Institute, University of the Fraser Valley

Robert Newell

Royal Roads University & Food and Agriculture Institute, University of the Fraser Valley