Water Info

Observation Well Network

The Water Security Agency operates Saskatchewan's Groundwater Level Observation Well Network, which consists of 70 monitoring wells, each equipped with an automatic water level recorder.  These wells are used for monitoring only and are not directly subjected to pumping, although they may be influenced by pumping from other wells.  The first network wells were completed in 1964, with the majority of the wells completed in the 1960's and 70's, with wells being added up to 2000.  The network is distributed across the southern half of Saskatchewan with wells completed in a range of aquifer types ranging from shallow unconfined alluvial sand aquifers to deep, highly confined bedrock aquifers.  Well depths range from 6 to 555 metres.  Typically, the water level data from the wells is gathered in the spring and fall and after data processing, the hydrograph for each well is updated.  These hydrographs represent a plot of each well's mean monthly water levels.

In general, groundwater levels in the network have been at or near historic high levels for the past several years.  A recent review of the network using data up to the fall of 2011 found that 45 of the 70 wells reached record high water levels in 2010 and/or 2011.  The levels in some of these wells have moderated somewhat, but remain high, while others increased to new high water levels in 2012.  Only seven of the network wells are near historic low levels and of these, four are recovering from large scale groundwater withdrawals.  Of the remaining three wells, Hearts Hill, Meadow Lake and Verlo have shown water level declines that cannot be directly attributed to groundwater withdrawals.  Water levels in Hearts Hill and Meadow Lake have stabilized and experienced some recovery, while water levels in Verlo are low, but stabilized.    

The map shows the well locations while their hydrographs and well records can be accessed from the following table.

Project Land Location More Info
Agrium 20-35-08-W3 Click to View
Armley 14-47-14-W2 Click to View
Atton's Lake 29-44-20-W3 Click to View
Baildon 59 34-15-26-W2 Click to View
Baildon 60 15-15-26-W2 Click to View
Bangor A & B 13-22-03-W2 Click to View
Beauval 03-71-12-W3 Click to View
Blucher No.3 and No.4 27-35-02-W3 Click to View
Bruno  09-38-25-W2 Click to View
Buena Vista 09-93 06-21-21-W2 Click to View
Buena Vista 18-94 31-20-21-W2 Click to View
Buena Vista 20-95 06-21-21-W2 Click to View
Buena Vista 21-95 06-21-21-W2 Click to View
Conquest No.500 14-30-09-W3 Click to View
Conquest No.501 23-30-10-W3 Click to View
Conquest No.502 14-30-10-W3 Click to View
Conquest No.503 14-30-10-W3 Click to View
Conquest No.504 14-30-10-W3 Click to View
Coronach 15-02-28-W2 Click to View
Crater Lake 02-23-04-W2 Click to View
Dalmeny 13-38-06-W3 Click to View
Duck Lake No.1 33-45-02-W3 Click to View
Duck Lake No.2 33-45-02-W3 Click to View
Estevan No.1 and No.2 05-04-09-W2 Click to View
Fife Lake 002 09-03-29-W2 Click to View
Forget 02-09-07-W2 Click to View
Garden Head 21-09-19-W3 Click to View
Goodale Farm 009 04-36-04-W3 Click to View
Hague 06-41-02-W3 Click to View
Hearts Hill 07-36-25-W3 Click to View
Instow 26-09-18-W3 Click to View
Lilac 02-44-14-W3 Click to View
Meadow Lake 09-60-16-W3 Click to View
Melfort 07-46-17-W2 Click to View
Nokomis 29-29-22-W2 Click to View
Outram 22-02-10-W2 Click to View
Pierce No.1, No.2, & No.3 06-64-25-W3 Click to View
Pilot Butte North 04-18-18-W2 Click to View
Pilot Butte South 04-18-18-W2 Click to View
Regina 530 15-18-20-W2 Click to View
Regina Firehall 30-17-19-W2 Click to View
Regina Winnipeg 08-18-19-W2 Click to View
Riceton 18-14-17-W2 Click to View
Saskatoon 08-37-04-W3 Click to View
Shamrock 21-14-06-W3 Click to View
Shaunavon 34-08-19-W3 Click to View
Simpson 13-04 04-29-23-W2 Click to View
Simpson 16-05 05-29-23-W2 Click to View
Smoky Burn 01-51-08-W2 Click to View
Stenen 07-33-03-W2 Click to View
Swanson 15-31-08-W3 Click to View
Tessier 33-33-11-W3 Click to View
Tyner 10-24-18-W3 Click to View
Unity 28-40-21-W3 Click to View
Vanscoy 14-35-08-W3 Click to View
Verlo 25-16-22-W3 Click to View
Warman No.1 & No.2 09-39-05-W3 Click to View
Yorkton 95-04B 31-25-03-W2 Click to View
Yorkton 99-01 34-24-04-W2 Click to View
Yorkton 99-02 04-25-04-W2 Click to View
Yorkton 99-03 33-24-04-W2 Click to View
Yorkton 99-04 33-24-04-W2 Click to View
Yorkton MW 93-03 31-25-03-W2 Click to View
Yorkton MW 93-04 31-25-03-W2 Click to View
Yorkton MW 93-07 35-25-04-W2 Click to View
Yorkton MW 93-08 27-25-04-W2 Click to View
Yorkton No.517 & No.519 21-25-04-W2 Click to View