Environment

All our drinking water comes from the high quality aquifer below the Riverdale neighbourhood. Being underground, it’s less likely to be contaminated than surface water sources. However, surface activities from households can harm our drinking water, as well as enter the Yukon River through the storm sewer system.

Here’s how you can help protect our drinking water and our environment.

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The Water & Waste Department is responsible for the maintenance of the sewer system, the storm sewer system, lift stations, and the sewage lagoons.

The sewerage system consists of:

  • one main lagoon system which serves Porter Creek, Hillcrest, Takhini, Downtown, and Riverdale
  • one minor lagoon system that serves Crestview
  • four major lift stations and a flush tank
  • five minor lift stations

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Online Form – for less than 1 cord within City limits only!

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The City of Whitehorse administers an annual mosquito control program with a goal to reduce local mosquito populations and adult mosquito nuisance. All of the residential and industrial subdivisions extending from Hidden Valley in the north to Cowley Creek and Mary Lake in the south are included within the program’s service area. The annual program is administered by a very experienced environmental consulting firm, Duka Environmental Services Ltd., who have provided effective mosquito and biting fly surveillance and control programs for over 35 years.

The program involves public education, mosquito species surveillance, mapping, and control of larval mosquito development. Program operations are based on the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and the most environmentally sensitive methods of control are considered first. The annual control program does not spray for adult mosquitos and has not done so for over 20 years.

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