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 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.
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.
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.
Discover natural resource data. This tool is designed for use with Internet Explorer and may not work as well in other web browsers.
Access detailed fish and fish habitat information using this map based tool.
Discover long-term weather station data.