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Testing well water from student homes

Testing well water from student homes

What's in Your Water?

What’s in Your Water?






Watershed Workbook Chapter 3: Groundwater

For Teachers: Groundwater Teacher’s Unit         For Students: Groundwater Student 




This program is based out of the University of Maine and is designed to engage local students and the community in the creation of a long-term groundwater quality database for towns with regards to non-municipal private wells.  This student-scientist project affords an opportunity to increase local participation and understanding of regional issues through a teacher-directed public summary of their research results.

The mission of GET WET! is to bring collaborative environmental research into the community through the classroom in order to understand local environmental changes and promote public health through safe drinking water.

The watershed towns participating this year are Ossipee, Effingham, Tuftonboro, Tamworth and Freedom.

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Students collect water from their home following a strict procedure and test for 6 different parameters, including chloride, nitrate, pH, hardness, iron and conductivity. After the initial testing day students participate in what is called a research day. During this time students analyze the results of their data collected on testing day, and prepare a presentation to be delivered to a community audience that includes historical land use and local geology. The information gathered by students becomes part of a data repository by establishing a long-term town-centered monitoring program that can be used by the community to formulate productive choices in planning, management, and development. Student data is also added to a growing database managed on a GIS program (i.e., Google Earth).

This is one Example of a student presentation that was done in Carolyn Hemingway’s class at the Ossipee Central School.

If you would like to learn more about the GET WET Program you can visit the University of Maine’s website.

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