Alberta Water Wells
Map View Choices
There are two layers of well reports: The Water Well Drilling layer displays golden rod dots () for all water well drilling and related reports. The Baseline Water Well Test layer displays magenta diamonds () for all test results for the baseline water well test program. A well icon on the map represents an approximate well location. Clicking on the icon will open a popup with information on the well and a link to the well's report. If multiple wells are in the same approximate location then the popup will indicate the number of wells and allow switching between information for each well.
Searching For Wells
The Find Water Wells tab provides several options for searching and viewing water wells. Selecting any of the available options prompts users to type the required information and click on search. A list of the wells will show up in a table. If only one well, then a link to open report will show (the ID number). If there is more than one well, click the Generate Report button to see the detailed listing of these wells in the Reconnaissance Report (PDF).
- Select By Legal Land Description option
Searches by using the Alberta Township System. Users enter the quarter-section (or legal subdivision), section, township, range and meridian for the location they want to search in.
- Select By Owner Name option (water well drilling reports only)
Searches using the name of the well owner at the time the well was drilled.
- Select By Selection
Searches within an area that users can define on the map with a selection of drawing tools.
- Select By Well ID/Test ID option
Searches using the designated well or well test identification number for that particular report.
- Select By Survey Legal Plan option
Searches using the Plan/Block or Unit/Lot system.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you cannot find the answer to your question below, call the Groundwater Information Centre at 780-427-2770.
Create a Reconnaissance Report as instructed above, then choose a single well report by clicking on the underlined well id in the first column. To print, use the short cut Ctrl+P (Command-P on a Mac) or click on the print icon in your PDF viewer. Well reports are generally two pages long, but can be longer if there are additional pump tests. All data automatically defaults to Imperial. To print in metric, click on the View in Metric button at the top right corner. If the number in the CHM column is underlined then you can go directly to the well water chemistry report and print it off. For more information, see also Explanation of Reconnaissance (Summary) Sheet.
Most wells are not precisely located within their quarter section. If no GPS has been provided but just an LSD (SW, or 05, for example), then the well dot will appear in the centre of the quarter or LSD. This is why there may be multiple well IDs under a single well dot, or why wells can sometimes appear to be in the middle of a lake!
There are several pieces of information for the same well such as New Well, Deepened, Chemistry, Old Well-Abandoned, or Old Well-Test. Take note of the date the work was completed and who the owner/driller was when checking on work progress of that particular well.
Several reports, pump tests or chemistry reports may be listed for a single well, each with a different well ID. When well work (such as deepening, reconditioning or decommissioning) is done, recorded and filed, Groundwater Information Centre staff add that information, but may have entered it under a new Well ID instead of adding to an existing well ID for that well.
Compulsory water well reporting was only required in Alberta after the mid 1970s. Well locations are not always correctly reported. If the well was drilled in the past five years and the driller's name is known, you can contact The Groundwater Information Centre at (780) 427-2770 or call 1-800-222-6514 and ask that the driller submit or resubmit the report.
In densely populated areas such as lake communities, there may be several wells in the same area, without a defining lot/block/plan. Examine the physical well's details, trying to match it to a report on the list (details such as well depth, casing size/material, age). A frequent means of determining well ownership is by the original owner's name, available through the local land titles office or the municipality concerned.
As of 1992, Alberta Health and Wellness has maintained this type of information. Contact the land owner for any groundwater chemistry information reported after 1991.
Click on the Print tab in the upper right hand area and follow the directions.
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) staff will make corrections to reports if the person submitting the new or changed information is either the original driller, another driller working on the well, or the current owner of the property. Changes/additions can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (780) 427-1214. Be precise in describing the corrections/additions and the well's ID number and include a contact phone number.
To obtain other groundwater related information please visit Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development's Reports/Data website.
Help with printing
Title - You can type in a title or leave it as the default.
Print Preview - click the Print Window button; a window will appear with a preview of the map. To close the window, press the 'X' in the upper right corner of the preview window.
Print - when you are ready to print, click on the “Print” button at bottom right corner of preview window to open your computer's print dialog to get the map printed.