Water Well Owners Educational Event
February 9, 2022
Scheduled for March 4, 2022 in Luling
A Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON, training has been scheduled for March 4 in Luling. Well owners are encouraged to bring a sample of their well water the day before the training.
The Well Educated training, which is free and open to the public, will be held Friday, March 4, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Luling Foundation Headquarters, 523 S. Mulberry, Luling.
Joel Pigg, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and TWON coordinator, College Station, said “the TWON 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.”
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 Caldwell County AgriLife Extension Office, 1403 Blackjack Street, Suite B, Lockhart; Hays County AgriLife Extension Office, 200 Stillwater Road, Wimberley; Plum Creek Conservation District, 1101 W. San Antonio Street, Lockhart; or Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, 1124 Regal Row, Austin.
Sample drop-off will be the day before the event, Thursday, March 3, from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Caldwell County AgriLife Extension Office, 1403 Blackjack Street, Suite B, Lockhart; Hays County AgriLife Extension Office, 200 Stillwater Road, Wimberley; Plum Creek Conservation District, 1101 W. San Antonio Street, Lockhart; or Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, 1124 Regal Row, Austin. Screening costs $10 per sample, due when samples are turned in. Samples will be screened for nitrates, total dissolved solids, and bacteria. The Friday, March 4 meeting will include information explaining the results.
Attendees can register on the Texas Well Owner Network website or by calling 979-845-1461.
“The training is one of several being conducted statewide through the Texas Well Owner Network project,” Pigg said. “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 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
Contact: Joel Pigg, 979-845-1461, email@example.com