Water Region 5 – South Wellington to Nanoose


Water Region 5 – South Wellington to Nanoose

The South Wellington to Nanoose water region (WR5-SW-N) extends from the Nanoose Peninsula in the northwest part of the water region to South Nanaimo in the southeast, and from the coast around Departure Bay to the top of Mount Benson.

  • Third largest water region, area is approximately 315 km2.
  • Densely populated – encompasses the City of Nanaimo, District of Lantzville, and the Nanoose Peninsula.
  • Approximately 23 watersheds and subwatersheds, the largest of which is associated with Bonell and Nanoose Creeks which drain into Nanoose Bay.
  • Nine hydrometric stations, seven climate stations, and approximately 248 surface water diversion licenses.
  • 1685 wells*

Total Water Region Area:
315 km2 – includes areas which drain directly to the ocean and are not within a major watershed area.

Drainage Area of  Major Watersheds:
Drainage Areas are based on 1:50,000 BC Watershed Atlas.

  • Craig Creek 11.7 km2
  • Nanoose Creek 34.0 km2
  • Bonell Creek 51.2 km2
  • Millstone River 100 km2
  • Chase River 28.7 km2
  • Beck Creek 13.9 km2

Wells and Surface Water Diversion Points:

  • Number of Water Wells listed in MOE database: 1685
  • Surface water diversion licenses: 248

* More about groundwater extraction in the South Wellington to Nanoose water region:
According to the MOE Wells Database (BCGOV ENV Water Protection and Sustainability Branch, 2012) WR5-SW-N has the second highest number of water wells (1685 wells) of the six water regions in the RDN.


Issues identified in WR5 as part of Watershed Snapshot 2010

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.

Download Water Budget for WR5 – South Wellington to Nanoose

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