Greater Victoria's drinking water comes from the Sooke Reservoir, located in the Sooke Hills about 30 km northwest of the City of Victoria. At full storage capacity, Sooke Reservoir holds 20.4 billion litres of water - enough to fill 31 million Olympic-sized pools. CRD Water Services uses multiple barriers to prevent contamination of drinking water. For example, watershed lands are 98% owned by the CRD and there is no public access to, swimming in or boating on the reservoir. There is also a multi-step water disinfection process. For more information on how our drinking water is protected, check out CRD Water Services for in-depth information oh how drinking water is managed in the CRD.