Introduction to Hydrogeology and Groundwater Management 

This practical and informative one-day course is tailored towards individuals who wish to have a better understanding of hydrogeological and groundwater management concepts. The course is designed for (i) engineering, geological, and environmental professionals; (ii) individuals who work with and/or are involved in groundwater-based water systems (water utilities) such as managers, operators / water utility technicians; (iii) individuals involved in construction projects above (vulnerable) aquifers or are working in the wastewater industry; and (iv) individuals working in the groundwater trade (well drillers & pump installers/technicians). 

Course Overview:

I. The Context:

  • Groundwater resources in B.C.
  • Hydrogeology & groundwater flow: fundamentals & concepts
  • An overview of groundwater governance in B.C.

II. Applications:

  • Groundwater development (well projects)
  • Sustainable groundwater management.
  • Well performance assessments & maintenance
  • Hydrogeological assessment for meeting municipal regulatory requirements (subdivision & building permit approvals)
  • Hydrogeology & septic systems

Course Schedule:

February 23, 2017: Vancouver, B.C., organized by APEGBC

May 31, 2017: Fairmont Empress, Victoria,B.C., organized by BCWWA (post conference course; registration via BCWWA website:

October 18-19, 2017: Langley, B.C., organized by BCWWA (Operator School)

November 23, 2017: Vancouver, B.C., organized by APEGBC



Sections of the course have been offered as stand-alone module (as guest lecture or conference presentation):

May 5, 2016: Introducton to Hydrogeology; guest lecture for FNAM 1340 Hydrology and Riparian Management, School of Construction and the Environment, BC Institute of Technology (BCIT), Burnaby, B.C.

November, 16, 2016: Hydrogeological Evaluations & Design Aspects for Groundwater Development Projects (Case Study); guest lecture for EASC 400/623 Groundwater Resources Evaluation, Department of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University (SFU), Burnaby, B.C.

March 1, 2017: Hydrogeology & Groundwater Flow: Fundamentals & Concepts; presentation for the BC Groundwater Association 46th Conference, Kamloops, B.C.


For water system operators / water utility technicians in B.C.: the course is recognized by the Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) and is listed as course # 8228 (as one-day course) and # 8048 (as two-day course).


Course credits: one-day course: 0.6 CEU (7 PDU); two-day course: 1.2 CEU.


Instructor: Ineke Kalwij, Ph.D., P.Eng.


For further information, please contact KWD's office (Ineke):