Regional district conducting groundwater monitoring

Regional District of Nanaimo conducting groundwater monitoring in select areas until Oct. 5.

The Regional District of Nanaimo is continuing its pursuit to understand local groundwater systems and is seeking help from residents.

Drinking Water and Watershed Protection staff will visit select areas in Nanoose, Lantzville, North Jinglepot, East Wellington and the Yellowpoint areas until Oct. 5 to ask permission to measure well water levels and conduct electrical conductivity tests.

Information collected will help understand water table levels, where groundwater connections are located and how current water levels compare to previous levels. In coastal locations staff will also test for salt-water intrusion.

The research is part of the RDN’s Water Budget, which is a program that aims at understanding regional water supplies to help protect water resources. People who live in the current testing areas and are interested in volunteering can contact the RDN by calling 250-390-6560 or e-mailing waterprotection@rdn.bc.ca.