Texas Well Owners Network Private Water Well Testing and Educational Program – Austin and Washington Counties – July 26, 2018
Anyone interested in private water well management is invited to a Texas Well Owner Network training July 26, 2018. The training, which is free and open to the public, will be from 1:00pm – 5:00pm at the Bellville VFD Station 1, 511 W. Main Street in Bellville.
The TWON program is for Texas residents who depend on household wells for their water needs, so they can learn about improving and protecting their community water resources. The program was established to help well owners become familiar with Texas groundwater resources, septic system maintenance, well maintenance and construction, and water quality and treatment.
Participants may bring well-water samples to the training for screening. The cost is $10 per sample, due when samples are turned in. Water samples will be screened for nitrates, total dissolved solids and bacteria. Well owners who would like to have their well water sampled can pick up two sample containers from the AgriLife Extension offices in Washington County, 1305 E Blue Bell Rd Ste. 104 in Brenham or Austin County, Courthouse 1 E Main St. in Brenham. Bringing water samples to the training is not required, but those wanting to have samples water analyzed must attend.
Seating is limited so attendees are requested to register at http://twon.tamu.edu/training or by calling the Austin County Extension Office at 979-865-2072 as soon as possible.
The core content of this program is the same as other trainings, but the information is tailored to local water quality issues and aquifers. More than 1 million private water wells in Texas provide water to citizens in rural areas and increasingly to those living on small acreages at the growing rural-urban interface. Private well owners are independently responsible for monitoring the quality of their wells. They are responsible for all aspects of ensuring their drinking water system is safe – testing, inspecting, maintaining it. This training will help private well owners to understand and care for their wells.
The training is one of 30 being conducted statewide through the Continued Statewide Delivery of the Texas Well Owner Network project. Funding for the Texas Well Owner Network is through a nonpoint source grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. The project is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.