The BC Agriculture Water Calculator helps agriculture water users in British Columbia estimate the annual irrigation or livestock water demand for a farm. Irrigation water demand estimates are made based on the geographic location of the farm, as well as its soil type, crop type and type of irrigation. Livestock water demand estimates are made for a given number and type of animals.
Get started with irrigation water demand
Find your property by
searching for an address (above)
zooming in on the map.
Click your property on the map to select it.
The application will display a preliminary annual irrigation water demand estimate.
Adjust the soil, crop and irrigation parameters to update the estimate for your scenario.
Get started with livestock water demand
Click the Water Demand tab (above) and select Livestock.
Select the type and quantity of animal, and the number of days needing water. For multiple types of animals, click the 'Add another type of animal' button. The water demand estimate will be shown.
This calculator provides an estimate of peak irrigation flows and annual water demand for irrigation systems in the province of BC. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information, the information should be considered as an estimate and not a final number. This website, its content contributors, the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia, the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC, web-developers and any individuals or parties involved in the development and maintenance of the website are not liable to any damages to users' properties or irrigation management arising from the use of the information provided in the website.
Click a land parcel on the map to get started with the irrigation water demand report.
Generate and download a report that can be printed or submitted as part of a water licence application.
Irrigation water demand has not yet been calculated. Please use the Irrigation tab to define the irrigation water use requirements.
Livestock water demand has not yet been calculated. Please use the Livestock tab to define the livestock water use requirements.
Relevant nearby water sources are identified as those within 100m of pipeline endpoints. You have not annotated the map to show pipeline locations, so no relevant nearby water sources have been identified.
Note: The map will not be included in the report unless you select a property (by clicking one on the map).
Note: The report will include the map and any annotations that were added using the Make a Diagram tools. User-specified descriptions of map annotations will also be included, as will nearby water sources (wells and surface water points of diversion within 100m of pipeline endpoints).
Note: You are in drawing mode. While in drawing mode you cannot change which land parcel is selected.
If you plan to submit this map with a water licence application, please be sure to annotate the map with details relevant to your water system. Use the drawing tools below to place annotations on the map. Refer to the Water Application Drawing Standards for more information.