Water Information

Water tools

The NorthEast Water Tool (NEWT) , Omineca Water Tool (OWT) and NorthWest Water Tool (NWWT) are GIS-based hydrology decision-support tools developed in partnership by the BC Oil and Gas Commission and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.  They provide guidance on water availability across northern BC and the support decision-making process for water use approvals and licences.

Instructions for use of NEWT
The capabilities of NEWT
Northeast BC Hydrology Modelling Report
NorthWest Water Tool Notes and Limitations

Water Portal

The Water Portal is a map-based water information tool designed to provide public access to a wide range of water-related data and information in northeast B.C.  The data is displayed with flexible charts and analytical  tools to assist users to understand and use the data.

Water Reports

The water reports present information on water use approvals on a quarterly basis.  The reports also contain information on water licences, water source wells and the volume of water used in hydraulic fracturing. 

2016    Q1   
2015    Q1    Q2    Q3    Annual
2014    Q1    Q2    Q3    Annual
2013    Q1    Q2    Q3    Annual
2012    Q1    Q2    Q3    Annual
2011    Q1    Q2    Q3    Annual

Water Approval Data

List of Active Short-Term Water Use Data

List of Active Water Licence Data

The OGC Water Management Basins define locations of water withdrawal when applying for a basin short-term water use application.  
     GIS Shapefiles

Water Source Wells

Water Source Wells are wells drilled to obtain water for injection into an underground formation for the production of petroleum or natural gas, including hydraulic fracturing.  Approval from the Commission is required for their construction and operation.  The Commission’s requirements for hydrogeological testing, data submission, and monitoring of water source wells can be referenced in: ”Supplemental Material for Water Source Wells

The requirements for water source wells support the sustainable management of groundwater resources.