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.

Nearly 100% of the Town of Gibsons depends on groundwater from the aquifer, which is pumped from three wells located in Lower Gibsons. In comparison, about 22% of British Columbians rely on groundwater.

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.

Protecting our water source

The Town takes our stewardship of the Gibsons Aquifer very seriously and has implemented several comprehensive programs to ensure its health in perpetuity.

Read about how the Town is working to protect the Gibsons Aquifer here.