The Bear Lake Small Water System was established in 1978 and is owned and operated by the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (RDFFG). The water source for the Bear Lake Water Service Area comes from two drilled wells that draw from an aquifer, which receives recharge strictly from the surrounding watershed. Each well has a submersible pump, which is controlled by a water level sensor housed in a steel water reservoir located at the highest point within the area. The reservoir distributes the water by gravity to all 225 residents and several commercial developments within the boundary of the town-site.
The water is of good quality with all measured parameters much less then Canadian Drinking Water Standards. Nuisance parameter iron (Fe) and manganese (Mn) are also very low at 0.12 mg/1 and 0.001 mg/1 respectively. Sulfate (SO4) and sodium are also very low at 1 mg/1 and 3.8 mg/1 respectively. The hardness of the water is 99 mg/1. The low hardness, lack of nuisance parameters, and the fact that all the parameters tested are far below recommended standards, means no treatment is required.