The City of Cranbrook uses groundwater wells to augment the drinking water supply. The City has 3 deep production wells that are crucial assets to the City’s drinking water infrastructure. Water from these wells comes from water aquifers deep below the surface of the ground.
What is a well?
Basically, a well is a hole drilled into the ground to access water contained in an aquifer. A pipe and a pump are used to pull water out of the ground, and a screen filters out unwanted particles that could clog the pipe. Wells come in different shapes and sizes, depending on the type of material the well is drilled into and how much water is being pumped out.
What are Cranbrook’s Wells?
Cranbrook uses submersible pumps which means the motor and the pump are both under the water. These pumps are in wells located at the Fire Hall on 2nd Street South, Confederation Park near Elizabeth Lake and also on Cobham Avenue West. These wells have an average depth of 200 feet, and supply much needed water in the hot and dry summer months. The average summer supply of water is 700,000 imperial gallons per day.