Conservation Matters July 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Save the date: Protect Your Groundwater Day is Sept. 10

Save the date: Protect Your Groundwater Day is Sept. 10

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) and the Texas Well Owners Network (TWON) are joining with the National Ground Water Association to promote Protect Your Groundwater Day on Sept. 10.

The day is used to bring awareness and education to the public about what they can do to preserve and protect groundwater to meet human and environmental needs. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 99 percent of available freshwater comes from aquifers underground.

According to the association, protecting groundwater is important not just for household well owners who rely on privately owned and managed water wells for drinking water, but also for people on public water systems whose daily habits have an impact on groundwater quality.

In Texas more than a million private water wells provide water to citizens in rural areas and to those living in small acreages at the growing rural-urban interface. TWON, an educational training program offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and managed by TWRI, delivers science-based, community-responsive education to well owners throughout Texas. The program is currently offering two different educational events.

Well Informed one-hour sessions are opportunities for well owners to bring in their well-water samples for screening for contaminants and to learn about water well protection practices. Since 2011, the TWON has conducted 42 screenings events. The next one is Sept. 16 in Wharton.

Well Educated sessions are no-cost, one-day trainings for private well owners who want to become familiar with groundwater resources, septic system maintenance, well maintenance, water conservation, water quality and water treatment. Upcoming Well Educated sessions are Sept. 12 in Wimberly, Oct. 2 in Weatherford and Oct. 10 in Pleasanton.

Read more about TWON and Protect Your Groundwater Day.

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