If you are planning a groundwater source for your irrigation
project, in addition to any other regulatory requirements, you will
need to obtain a groundwater water rights license from Manitoba Water
Stewardship (MWS) prior to the start of any construction. The following
outlines the steps for obtaining this license:
Submit an 'Application for Licence to Construct a Well and
Divert Groundwater' to the MWS.
here to access the
application form (PDF) from the MWS website.
After reviewing and assessing your application, MWS
may issue a Groundwater Exploration Permit, which would allow for the
drilling of test wells to explore for groundwater. The Groundwater
Exploration Permit contains a
condition requiring the
applicant, to hire a hydrogeologist registered with the Association of
Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba (APEGM), to carry
out a number of tasks. The completion of the following forms will
assist in obtaining a hydrogeology consultant:
This form offers a checklist of work items for the hydrogeologist to
select and provide a quotation.
It is suggested that the Request for Proposal, Groundwater
Development Form, and Irrigation Development Utility Report (link to
utility) be sent to at least three hydrogeology consultants and the
consultant selection be based on the proposal that best meets the needs
of your project. The APEGM website has a guide Guide
for the Engagement of a Consulting Professional Engineer that
provides further information on selection of a consultant. The
Sustainable Water Wells (link to SWW home page) section of our website
provides resource materials on wells and groundwater systems.