Municipal Affairs and Environment

Drilled Water Wells and Other Types of Boreholes Constructed by Licensed Well Drillers

Licensed Well Drillers are responsible for constructing drilled wells for domestic (private wells), non-domestic water supplies and other boreholes including geothermal applications. A general breakdown of well or borehole types are listed below.

  • Domestic drilled wells (private wells)
  • Non-domestic drilled wells including:
    • Public water supply wells for Municipalities and Local Service Districts:
    • Potable water supply wells for clinics, schools, churches, government buildings, etc.:
    • Closed loop geothermal installation;
    • Dewatering wells;
    • Saltwater production wells;
    • Sentry wells;
    • Observation wells;
    • Monitoring wells; and
    • Other types as determined by the Minister.

The following table shows all known drilled wells and boreholes constructed from 2009-2016. The data is derived from submitted Well Construction Records from Licensed Well Drillers. The headers represent basic groupings that are described as:

Domestic              all water wells constructed for single family dwellings (private wells)
Municipal              all water wells constructed for Towns and Local Service Districts
Geothermal          all boreholes drilled for closed-loop vertical applications
Other                   includes all other non-domestic wells (clinics, schools, churches, parks, etc.) not listed under Municipal or Geothermal

Calendar Year
Well Type 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Total
Domestic Wells 334 539 459 563 614 489 376 264 3638
Municipal Wells 6 6 13 6 7 6 6 1 51
Geothermal Boreholes 16 16 149 57 123 84 23 - 468
Other 7 14 18 19 27 116 40 17 258
Total 363 575 639 645 771 695 445 282 3688
 
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