The Groundwater Observation Well Network (GOWN) is an Alberta Government owned network of groundwater monitoring wells located in various aquifers throughout the province. Most wells are fitted with data loggers and sensors that continually record groundwater levels. In addition, many of these well are periodically pumped and sampled for water quality analysis.
Current Operations of the GOWN
Today there are over 250 active observation wells in Alberta. Over 40 of these are equipped with satellite devices that transmit near real-time water level data. Current and historical groundwater level information for the active and inactive wells in the network can be accessed from this website.
Regional technologists maintain the wells, collect the data, sample the wells and archive the data into departmental databases.
This will open an interactive tool that will show a map with observation well points. Selecting a point will open a page with the associated groundwater levels and well information.
For inquires about this web page, the GOWN, or for chemistry data please contact the Groundwater Information Center at:
Visit the Alberta Water Well Information Database for drillers reports and other groundwater well data including the Baseline Water Well Test data related to Coalbed Methane (CBM) drilling.
Water well data is routinely collected from observation wells across the province. These wells are owned and maintained by the Alberta government.
Near real-time groundwater data provided at this site are provisional and preliminary in nature. This data is automatically generated by remote equipment and may not have been reviewed or edited for accuracy. This data is subject to significant change until manually reviewed and corrected.
The accuracy of this data can be affected by many factors including
- malfunction of recording equipment
- accuracy of location / elevation data which may be estimated
Please exercise caution and carefully consider the provisional nature of the information provided. The Government of Alberta assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of these data and any use of them is entirely at your own risk.