About Us

The groundwater industry in Ontario had its beginnings in the early 1900s. The creation of the Ontario Water Resources Commission (OWRC) was in 1955. The OWRC had the lead in developing regulations, policies and guidelines, and securing abundant and safe groundwater supplies throughout Ontario. The Ontario Ground Water Association was created in 1952 as a not-for-profit organization to facilitate the various sectors of the groundwater industry coming together for the delivery of safe and clean water supplies throughout the Province.

Who we are

The Ontario Ground Water Association has members in 5 divisions of ground water professionals-- Well Drillers, Environmental/Geotechnical Drillers, Pump Installers, Manufacturers and Suppliers, and Scientists and Engineers.

Drillers: represent companies that drill and repair water wells for homes, farms, businesses, factories and cities throughout Ontario. Contractors in this division hold a Class1 or Class 2 license.

Environmental and Geotechnical Drillers: Members of this division are involved in hydrogeological studies installing monitoring wells or geotechnical boreholes. Members of this division may have a Class 1 or Class 3 license.

Pump Installers: Members of this division install and repair pumps that pump water from different wells. Pump installers conduct a yield test and can make minor alterations to a well to accommodate pumping equipment. Some members of this division also install and service water treatment equipment. Members of this division hold a Class 4 license.

Manufacturers and Suppliers: Members of this division represent companies that distribute pumps, drilling machines, tools, pipe, tanks, controls, and many other products to the ground water industry. These companies do not sell to the general public. Manufacturers are the actual makers of the materials that suppliers distribute.

Groundwater Scientists and Engineers: Members of this division are persons or companies representing geologists, hydrogeologists, engineers, regulators and consultants all of who work on scientific matters relating to ground water. Some of these do actual field drilling or monitoring well installation and other work involving, among others things, hydrogeological studies and the movement of ground water. Members of this division may have a Class 3 or Class 5 license or may be licensed through Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario or Professional Engineers of Ontario.

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