New Groundwater Well Caps Make Their Appearance in Back Bay

Good News!
New Groundwater Well Caps
Housing LEDs and Microcontrollers
with Bluetooth Capability Make Their Appearance in the Back Bay

Groundwater Well Cap

If you are observant, you may have been wondering why there are new Corian caps on the Groundwater wells on Beacon Street. This is a project of the Boston Groundwater Trust to enable neighbors and visitors to read the groundwater level in the wells. The caps will be installed on Beacon Street for a month, and then moved to Commonwealth Avenue, Newbury Street and Boylston Street for a month on each street. During that time, residents and visitors can see real-time groundwater level data digitally displayed on the face of the  well caps and interact with the data through the Boston LightWells mobile app, which you can download by clicking here.  You can also click here to go to LightWells’ website and learn more about this project.

The map to the right depicts the planned locations for the moving sidewalk well cap installations.

Understanding groundwater levels is critical to preserving the many buildings in the Back Bay that are supported by wood pilings. You can click here to go to the Boston Groundwater Trust’s website and learn more about everything this important organization does to maintain our groundwater levels here in the City of Boston.