Groundwater Wells & Aquifers
Groundwater provides drinking water to one quarter of B.C. residents and accounts for 9% of the total water consumption in the province. Groundwater also discharges to streams in many areas of B.C. and it can comprise a component of stream flow that is critical for the survival of fish populations during low flow periods.
Groundwater wells provide industry, municipalities, farms and homeowners with access to water stored underground in aquifers. Groundwater wells must be constructed and maintained so that the water supply is safe from pollution, and wasted water is minimized.
- For groundwater wells used for non-domestic purposes, the Water Sustainability Act requires that you must obtain a water licence. Apply for a license.
- For groundwater wells used for domestic purposes, a license is not required, but you are strongly encouraged to register your well. Registering your well is a way to make sure that your use will be considered in new decisions and during times of water scarcity.
- What you need to know if you are a property owner, well driller and well pump installer
To effectively manage groundwater use and the impacts of land development on groundwater availability and quality, it is essential to understand the existence and characteristics of B.C.’s aquifers.