High Capacity Wells

What is a high capacity well?

Any well where 4 L/second or more of water is extracted is a high capacity well.

What are high capacity wells used for?

High capacity wells are used for drinking water supplies, aquaculture, food processing, irrigation for agriculture and golf courses, and various industrial or commercial uses.

Does the government regulate high capacity wells?

Yes, the Department of Communities, Land and Environment permits the use of high capacity wells through the Groundwater Exploration and Extraction Permitting Process

How many high capacity wells are located on PEI?

There are approximately 288 high capacity wells on Prince Edward Island.

How do we use our groundwater on PEI?

A summary table showing the different ways we use groundwater is available for download

What resources are available?

A table listing the high capacity wells is available below. A mapping application to view high capacity well locations across PEI is also available below. 

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PO Box 2000
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Phone: 1-866-368-5044
Fax: (902) 368-5830

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