Drillwell – Vancouver Island’s Water Well Drilling, Hydro-Fracturing and Drilling Specialists
When it comes to water well drilling, hydrofracturing or exploration drilling on Vancouver Island, nobody has more practical, hands-on experience than Drillwell.

Vancouver Island water well drilling requires knowledge of its varied and unique geology. In the south portion of Vancouver Island, including the Victoria area drillers often find a mixed moraine surface structure, with sediment over bedrock that occasionally exceed many meters in depth.

The central Vancouver Island area has a wide variety of geology that water well drilliers need to understand and adjust to as circumstances require. The eastern side of Vancouver Island can feature mining tilings, marine sediments, and heavy exposed granite. Visit our Nanaimo water well drilling, Duncan water well drilling, Cobble Hill water well drilling, Cedar water well drilling and Cowichan water well drilling pages for more local information.
Major sources of groundwater pollution that need to be considered when well drilling on Vancouver Island include:

Land Development

Construction projects and urban development which can disrupt natural water flows, generate sediments, toxins, pathogens, and create opportunities for numerous other non-point sources of water pollution.


Fertilizers, manure, pathogens, pesticides, and sediments can enter surface and ground water if agricultural practices are improperly managed.

Stormwater Runoff and Combined Sewer Overflows

Nutrients, sediments, pathogens, and toxins are picked up from yards and streets and enter surface and ground water, in some cases mixed with untreated sewage from combined sewers.

Onsite Sewage Systems

Nutrients and pathogens can seep into ground water and surface water if the systems are improperly sited, installed, or maintained.


Soil erosion from road building, and logging activities, fertilizer and pesticide application, and burning are potential sources of water contamination.

Atmospheric Deposition

Pollutants released to the atmosphere from motor vehicles and other emissions eventually settle and enter waterbodies through runoff, rain, and snow.

Marine Activities

Vessel operation, maintenance, and sewage discharges can result in contaminants entering waterbodies.

The quantity of pollutants originating from any one source-such as a home, business, or farm-may be very small. Nevertheless, the effects of hundreds or thousands of small sources within a watershed can add up to create water pollution.

The water pollution and costs from these non-point sources are significant and can include fish kills, health concerns, degraded drinking water, diminished water-based recreation and tourism opportunities, economic losses to commercial fishing and aquaculture industries and First Nations food harvesting areas, lowered real estate values, damage to habitat of fish and other aquatic organisms, the inevitable costs of clean-up and pollution reduction, and reduced aesthetic values of lakes, streams, and coastal areas. At Drillwell, we have many years of experience in drilling safe, clean and reliable water wells that will provide years of worry-free drinking water for your family or business needs.

North of Nanaimo, visit our Parksville water well drilling, Courtenay water well drilling, Comox water well drilling, Qualicum water well drilling and Campbell River water well drilling pages.

The southern region of Vancouver Island is also serviced by Drillwell, where we are available for Shawnigan water well drilling, Mill Bay water well drilling, Saanich water well drilling, Victoria water well drilling, Sidney water well drilling and Sooke water well drilling.
Even though most large cities in British Columbia get their water from surface sources such as lakes, rivers, and dams, it is estimated that there is ten times as much fresh water below the land surface than in all the lakes and rivers combined.

Drillwell also services all of the Gulf Islands. Visit our Saltspring Island water well drilling and Thetis Island water well drilling pages for more information.

The west coast has some unique elements drillers can encounter, as it is composed mainly of heterogeneous amphibolitic country rock (Westcoast Amphibolite), granite, and variable mixtures of these two components (Westcoast Migmatite) interspersed with thick layers of bog and organic material. Port Alberni water well drilling and Ucluelet water well drilling are services offered by Drillwell on the west coast of the Island.

In areas along the eastern and north east coast, marine sediments and deposits are occasionally encountered when Vancouver Island water well drilling. Geologists have determined that the drilling substrate in northern Vancouver Island is dominated by sea-floor basalt , while the Quatsino area is primarily limestone. These rocks are Triassic in age. The “Karmutsen” is the most common rock type exposed on Vancouver Island, and it is a hard volcanic rock that is often very thick. On northern Vancouver Island, Drillwell offers Port Hardy water well drilling and Port McNeill water well drilling, as well as servicing all other outlying areas of the north Island.

Across the Island, groundwater is a far safer water source than surface water because it is protected by soil or rock. At Drillwell, our extensive experience has demonstrated that Vancouver Island water well drilling, when properly done by our certified technicians, can provide you with a water supply that is not as easily contaminated as surface water. A properly constructed Vancouver Island water well is the best way to insure that the water you drink is safe and clean.

Pricing for Vancouver Island water well drilling is usually done on a per foot basis. Drive shoes and well screens are extra, but at Drillwell there are normally no hourly, consultation, or developing charges.

Please visit our Kamloops water well drilling page for information on our drilling services in the Kamloops area.