Conservation Matters August 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Cypress Creek watershed well owners invited to Sept. 12 Wimberley training

Anyone interested in private water-well management in the Cypress Creek watershed is invited to a free Texas Well Owner Network training from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley.

“The Texas Well Owner Network program is for Texas residents who depend on household wells for their water needs,” said Drew Gholson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and network coordinator. “Well owners who want to become familiar with Texas’ groundwater resources, septic system maintenance, well maintenance and construction, water quality and water treatment will benefit from this training.”

The Cypress Creek Watershed Partnership has identified the training as part of its education and outreach efforts. Participants can have water well samples screened for common contaminants, and a $10 payment for sample analysis is due for those bringing samples to the training. Bringing well water samples to the training is not required, Gholson said, but if people want their water samples analyzed, they must attend the training.

“We invite private well owners to bring in a water sample to be screened for nitrate, total dissolved solids and bacteria,” Gholson said.

Well owners who would like to have their well water sampled can pick up the two sample containers, one bag and one bottle, at the AgriLife Extension offices in Hays County or Blanco County. After filling each bottle and bag with a sample from their well, participants should bring the two samples to the Sept. 12 training, Gholson said.

Attendance is limited. Attendees are requested to register at twon.tamu.edu/training or by calling 979.845.1461 as soon as possible.

The Texas Well Owner Network project is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute and funded 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.

Read the full AgriLife TODAY article for more information.

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