Water Data & Tools

Discover scientific data, information and tools that assist in planning and protecting our water resources.

Groundwater Data and Tools

Find information about groundwater and aquifers, and search for or submit information about water wells in B.C.

  • Aquifers
    Aquifers are mapped, identified and categorized using data from the WELLS database. The map based Aquifer Classification System was developed in 1994, and over 1100 aquifers have been classified as of January, 2016. Work continues to inventory the remaining aquifers.
     
  • WELLS Database
    Search the database for information on a particular water well.
     
  • eWELLS
    Online portal for submitting information about the construction, alteration or decommissioning of a well.
     
  • Provincial Groundwater Observation Well Network
    The Observation Well Network provides data about selected aquifers in B.C. Use the interactive map on this page to view and download groundwater data.

Water Rights Information

Search the databases for detailed information about authorized water use in B.C.

  • Water Licence Query Tool
    Use a variety of search terms, including stream name, water use purpose and water licence number, to find information about authorized water use in B.C.
     
  • Community Watershed Tool
    Access information about community-held water licences for drinking water purposes.
     
  • BC Water Tool
    Access information about water availability, existing water users and monitoring data with easy to use, map based tools.

Monitoring and Reporting Data

Provincial and federal monitoring and reporting provides information about water quantity and quality and other environmental conditions in B.C. and across Canada.

  • Environmental Reporting BC
    Access environmental data and learn how it relates to British Columbians. You can track environmental conditions and trends over time and study the connections between the environment, human wellbeing and the economy.
     
  • Environmental Monitoring System (EMS)
    Access data covering physical, chemical and biological analyses performed on water, air, solid waste discharges and ambient monitoring sites throughout the province.
     
  • Surface Water Quantity
    Access real-time and historical hydrometric data from the Canada-British Columbia Hydrometric Network.These data are collected and reported following National Hydrometric Standards.

    B.C. Regional Streamflow Inventories 
    B.C. regional inventories of streamflow are developed including 30-year normals. The inventory datasheets present various hydrological characteristics that can be used directly in water resource applications and studies. Access regional streamflow inventory reports

    Provincial Hydrological Monitoring 
    A provincial hydrological data repository is being developed to house other hydrological data. This will be accessible through the Aquarius Reporting Tool.
     
  • Snow survey data
    Download real-time and historical snow data.

Flood and Drought Information

Learn about areas at risk for flooding or drought in B.C.

  • Floodplain maps
    Find out more about flood hazards and conditions and areas susceptible to flooding in B.C. It’s part of what we’re doing to help minimize flood damage.
     
  • Flood advisories and warnings
    Discover flood warnings and advisories, stream and lake runoff condition forecasts, water supply and low stream flow advisories and snow data information.
     
  • Drought map
    This map is updated regularly during spring, summer and fall to show areas of the province at risk of or experiencing drought conditions.

Mapping Tools

BC Water Resources Atlas, iMapBC and HabitatWizard are mapping applications that allow you to create your own layers for mapping waterbodies, water related infrastructure and fish habitat.

  • BC Water Resources Atlas
    Discover water-related data through the BC Water Resources Atlas. The Atlas is an iMapBC application with enhanced query functionality to enable the display of detailed water related data, including watersheds, water quantity and quality monitoring sites, aquifers, water wells and flood protection works. This tool is designed for use with Internet Explorer and may not work as well in other web browsers.
     
  • iMapBC
    Discover natural resource data. This tool is designed for use with Internet Explorer and may not work as well in other web browsers.
     
  • HabitatWizard
    Access detailed fish and fish habitat information using this map based tool.

Climate Tools

Discover long-term weather station data.