A Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON, training has been scheduled for Nov. 4 in Seguin. Well owners can also bring a sample of their well water the day before the training to be tested.
The Well Educated training, which is free and open to the public, will be held Nov. 4 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Guadalupe County, 210 E. Live Oak St., Seguin.
Joel Pigg, AgriLife Extension program specialist and TWON coordinator, Bryan-College Station, said the program is for Texas residents who depend on household wells for their water needs.
“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,” he said. “It allows them to learn more about how to improve and protect their community water resources.”
Pigg said the training is one of several being conducted statewide through the Texas Well Owner Network 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.
Attendees can register by contacting Pigg at 979-845-1461 or email@example.com.
Well water safety and testing
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 Guadalupe County. Sample drop-off will be the day before the event on Nov. 3 from 8:30-10 a.m. at the same place.
Screening costs $10 per sample, due when samples are turned in. Samples will be screened for nitrates, total dissolved solids and bacteria. The Nov. 4 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 nonpoint 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 TWRI, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.