GET WET! Program
Drinking water from private wells is not regulated in most states. With more than 2.3 million homes using private drinking water wells in this region, the lack of compulsory management has resulted in large areas of unknown drinking water/groundwater quality that may contain potentially deadly contaminants. Teresa Thornton created the unique program GET WET! (Groundwater Education Through Water Evaluation & Testing) to gather baseline data and ultimately obatin a better understanding of our underground water resources. The program has been steadily gaining popularity since its inception. Even though OCWA is no longer participating in this program, the collected data is available below.

The maps below show areas of past home water testing conducted as part of the GET WET program. When students test their water and find they may have unsafe conductivity levels, for example, it's a good indicator that further testing of the home's water may be needed. Visit the Orange County Dept of Health's website to obtain a list of NY State Approved Labs in Orange County.

Watersheds of Pine Bush Central School District
Watersheds of Valley Central School District
Watersheds of Englarged City School District of Middletown
Watersheds of Port Jervis City School District

News and Other Information:
Times Herald-Record Article 3-21-11

The Get Wet program was initiated by Teresa Thornton, PhD. You can find information about all the GET WET programs, curriculum materials, information for teachers and other resources, and contact Dr. Thornton through the the GET WET Website link (click here).

Groundwater Quality Data:
The Excel Spreadsheet below contains all of the groundwater data collected during GET WET! test events from 2009 through Spring 2014. For more detailed test results, click here.

Please note there are tabs at the bottom of the excel spreadsheet to view the Clorine Graph, all GET WET data 2009-2014, and Groundwater Well data only from 2013.