The French Creek water region (WR3-FC) is defined as the area extending from Qualicum Beach to Parksville along the coast to the top of the French Creek catchment in the southwest .
- One of the smallest water regions with an area of approximately 121 km2.
- French Creek is associated with the largest watershed in this region.
- Two hydrometric stations, five climate stations, and approximately 68 surface water diversion licenses exist within the region.
- 895 wells*
* More about groundwater extraction in the French Creek water region:
According to the MOE Wells Database (BCGOV ENV Water Protection and Sustainability Branch, 2008) WR3-FC has the 3nd largest number of water wells (895 wells) of the six water regions in the RDN.
Although this may provide a qualitative sense of groundwater use in the region, the MOE database likely only represents a fraction of the actual wells currently in use. Many well records may not have been entered into the database and some wells may simply not be in use or have been abandoned. As there is no mandatory requirement for submitting well logs or well abandonment records, it is not possible to determine the groundwater demand from private wells with any degree of certainty, nor is it possible to assess the vulnerability that may exist with improperly abandoned or standing water wells.