Government and Industry Links

On aquifers in BC:

Province’s website – for all kinds of information

BC’s Aquifer Classification System

Provincial Groundwater Observation Well Network – for groundwater water level records in your area

Water Science Series – scientific studies and technical guidance

Information on Wells:

Groundwater Wells and Aquifers (GWELLS) application – to look up a well record

Mapping Tools:

iMAPBC – view a wider variety of spatial information on an interactive map

BC Water Tool – view water-resource information in northern BC on an interactive map

For drillers and well pump installers:

Province’s website – for all kinds of information

Application for Registration as a well driller, geoexchange driller, geotech/enviro driller in BC

Register of Well Drillers

Register of Well Pump Installers

Flowing artesian well advisories – check here before you drill

Well Construction / Alteration Report form (submission mandatory)

Well Decommissioning Report form (submission mandatory)

Groundwater Wells and Aquifers (GWELLS) – Submit a Report

Well Identification Report – for water supply system wells do not already have a well ID plate (submission mandatory)

Well Pump Installation Report form

Well Pumping Test Report form

For property owners:

Update: New Requirements for Groundwater Users – If you use groundwater for any non-domestic purpose, you require a water licence under the Water Sustainability Act. This requirement came into force on February 29, 2016 and applies to new groundwater users as well as those who began using groundwater prior to February 29, 2016.

Domestic well registration form – for domestic wells not already in the WELLs database

Applying for a Water License – for non-domestic wells

Buying or selling property with a water well

On laws related to groundwater resources:

Province’s website – for all kinds of information related to groundwater resource management

Groundwater licensing and rights

Groundwater quality

Contaminated Site Remediation

Government Agencies

Regional Groundwater Contacts in BC

BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development

BC Ministry of Health

Environment and Climate Change Canada

On other water-related Associations:

BC Water and Waste Association

Coastal Water Suppliers Association (BC)

Geo Exchange BC

Small Water Users Association of BC

Water Supply Association of BC

The Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC and their Water Bucket and Water Balance Model

Res’Eau Water Net (BC)

National Ground Water Association (US)

International Outreach:

Global Aid Network (GAiN)