Observation Well Information

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The Province operates a network of observation wells to provide data on ground water level fluctuations and ground water quality information on developed aquifers in British Columbia. Observation well water levels are monitored using one of four methods: 1) manually with a wetted tape, 2) continuously using Steven's chart recorders, 3) electronically with data loggers or 4) remote monitoring using cellphone technology.

Water level data from observation wells are collected on a monthly basis by field observers and forwarded to Regional Offices. Data are then checked for errors and ommissions and forwarded to the Water and Air Monitoring and Reporting Section for final checking and storage. Water level data are referenced from ground level and the month end water level reading are entered and stored in Excel to produce a month-end hydrograph. The method of measurement and accuracy of each method are given below:

Method of measurement Accuracy
Wetted Tape Method +/- 1 mm
Steven's Chart Recorder +/- 1 mm
Data Logger +/- 0.1 %

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Hydrograph Analysis- Observation Well 058

The hydrograph above shows the change in ground water level in the observation well (m below ground level) over time.

Observation well 058 is completed in an unmapped, sand and gravel aquifer to a depth of 14.6 m. Since 1966, the ground water level in the well has ranged from a high of 6.6 m below ground level in March 1982, to a low of 12.0 m below ground level in December 1973. The hydrograph shows that ground water levels follow a regular seasonal pattern, with maximum ground water levels occurring yearly during April, May and June and minimum ground water levels occurring in December and January. The difference between maximum and minimum ground water levels in one season ranges from approximately 0.5 to 2.8 metres.

This observation well demonstrates a seasonal pattern of minimum ground water levels occurring in the winter and maximum ground water levels occurring in early summer.


NOTE* Detailed water level information for this well is available in Excel Format.
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