is an important source of drinking water for the District
of Invermere. In 2006, the District developed a well in the
Athalmer area (the Athalmer aquifer) to provide a secondary
drinking water supply to complement the Paddy Ryan Reservoir
system, which has provided the District with water for many
With the potential for climate change to impact surface water
sources, as well as the potential high cost of treating surface
water, the Athalmer aquifer has become an advantageous water
supply source for Invermere. Through development of the first
District water supply well in Athalmer, it is apparent that
there is potential for this aquifer to be expanded to supply
even more of the District's future water needs.
As a result, the District's purpose for undertaking this
project is two-fold:
- To develop
a groundwater protection plan that involves the community
and protects the existing groundwater supply.
- To further
investigate the potential of the Athalmer aquifer to provide
additional water to meet future water demands of the District,
and to recommend an effective approach to water supply expansion.
Developing and implementing a groundwater protection plan
is key to protecting the District's well water supply. A groundwater
protection plan contains practical, protective measures to
minimize and prevent undesirable impacts from land use activities
on the District's well water.
Protection Strategy (6 MB)
It's an underground formation of
permeable rock or loose material that stores or conducts
groundwater. It can produce useful quantities of water
when tapped by a well.