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Yukon launches online water well registry


March 9, 2020
By Ground Water Canada

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Whitehorse, Yukon – The Government of Yukon is launching a new water well registry that will allow users to search for water well records across the territory.

The online mapping application allows citizens, governments, researchers and industry to see where known wells are located; learn about aquifer and ground water characteristics; and generate statistics on well depth, static water level and estimated yield.

The information available from the water well registry will support the following:

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  • land-use planning activities
  • environmental assessments
  • siting of new wells or modifications to existing wells
  • spill response
  • application of water quality standards under the Contaminated Sites Regulation

“The Government of Yukon is pleased to share valuable information on water wells with Yukoners on a user-friendly platform,” said Minister of Environment Pauline Frost in a news release. “We recognize the immense value of Yukon’s ground water resources and we are committed to improving our understanding and management of them.”

Quick facts:
  • The water well registry currently includes records for approximately 2,000 wells and is a key initiative of the completed Yukon Water Strategy and Action Plan.
  • To support consistency in the reporting of water well logs in the water well registry, the Government of Yukon recently updated the well drillers’ form to make it more efficient and effective.