As a service to Cape officials, engineers and other interested parties, the Cape Cod Commission publishes monthly data about water levels at groundwater observation wells on Cape Cod. The data provide current information for the effective siting of septic systems and provide historical context for fluctuations in the regional water table in current assessments. Historical records on selected wells extend back to the 1950s.
The water level measurements shown below are taken monthly from United States Geological Survey (USGS) observation wells. They are compiled during the last week of each month and are published as soon as possible thereafter.
Listed below are nine out of the 61 wells measured across Cape Cod by the Commission's Water Resources staff. These nine are employed as index wells to be used with Technical Bulletin 92-001: Estimation of High Groundwater Levels for Construction and Land Use Planning to predict high groundwater levels. Also provided below is a link to USGS national data. See the last column in the table and the footnote below.
The following table is also available as a downloadable (Word) file.
|Location||Well No.||Water Level*|| USGS Site Number** |
(links to USGS national water-level database)
|Barnstable||230|| N/A |
(well to be replaced)
| * |
| Measurements are in feet below land surface. |
USGS national water-level database provides historic data, hydrographs, and site maps.
Monthly Precipitation and Water Conditions (Data from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation)
Massachusetts Drought Watch (Data from the US Geological Survey)
Real-time Data from Brewster Groundwater-level Monitoring Well: USGS 414630070014901 MA-BMW 22 BREWSTER, MA (Data from the US Geological Survey)