A Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON, Well Educated training has been scheduled for Nov. 2 in Lampasas. Well owners can bring a sample of their well water for testing the day before the training.
The Well Educated training, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 8 a.m.-noon at the Lampasas County Youth Livestock Center, 283 U.S. Highway 190.
Joel Pigg, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and TWON coordinator, Bryan-College Station, said the TWON program is for Texas residents who depend on household wells for their water needs.
Attendees can register by contacting Pigg at 979-845-1461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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,” Pigg said. “It allows them to learn more about how to improve and protect their community water resources.”
He said the training is one of several being conducted statewide through the TWON project.
“The core content of this program is the same as other trainings, but the information is tailored to local water quality issues and aquifers,” he said.
Keeping wells and water safe and clean
Well owners who would like to have their well water tested can pick up two sample containers and collection instructions in the week before the event from the AgriLife Extension office in Lampasas County, 409 S. Pecan, Suite #102, Lampasas.
Sample drop-off will be 8:30-10 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Lampasas County Youth Livestock Center.
The screening cost is $10 per sample and payment is due when samples are turned in. Samples will be screened for nitrates, total dissolved solids and bacteria. The Nov. 2 meeting will include information explaining the results.
More than a 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,” Pigg said. “This training will help private well owners to understand and care for their wells.”
Funding for the Texas Well Owner Network is through a Clean Water Act non-point source grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The project is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.