The Gibsons Aquifer

The Gibsons Aquifer is a confined aquifer that lies beneath the Town of Gibsons. The aquifer acts as a natural underground reservoir which holds and provides groundwater to our wells and springs.

This diagram shows the aquifer, the aquitard, and the recharge areas.

Important components include the aquifer itself, the aquitard (or a “lid” of low permeability that protects the aquifer), and recharge areas upslope. (see diagram)

What does our aquifer provide?
Our aquifer provides us with potable water of excellent quality, as well as water purification and water storage services.

About 75% of the Town of Gibsons depends on groundwater from the aquifer, which is pumped from three wells located in Lower Gibsons. This is significantly above the 22% average of British Columbians who rely on groundwater. The Town has no need to chlorinate water from the Gibsons Aquifer as it is so pure that it can meet health standards without chemical treatment.

Our confined aquifer is a pristine water source that won our town recognition at the 2005 Berkeley Spring International Water Tasting Contest as having the best drinking water in the world.

Upper Gibsons is supplied from the Sunshine Coast Regional District’s (SCRD) treated surface water source. Unlike Gibsons, the SCRD disinfects its drinking water through a series of steps that includes chlorination.

Aquifer Mapping
The Aquifer Mapping Program is part of a long-term initiative by the Town to sustain and protect the Gibsons Aquifer. To learn more, please refer to the Aquifer-Mapping-Report-Final (1).