Conservation Matters July 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Well owner program in Llano successful

Well owner program in Llano successful

Thirty-nine participants brought well-water samples to be screened at the recent Texas Well Owner Network (TWON) Well Educated training at the Texas Tech Llano River Field Station in Junction.

The event was conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Drew Gholson, AgriLife Extension  program specialist and network coordinator, said attendees at the training were provided information and instruction on household wells, how to improve and protect water resources, groundwater resources, septic system maintenance, well maintenance and construction, and water quality and treatment.

In Texas, Gholson said, private owners are responsible for monitoring the quality of their well water, ensuring their drinking water is safe and maintaining all other aspects of their water system.

“That’s why these Texas Well Owner Network trainings are important,” Gholson said. “The TWON training helps private landowners better understand the testing, inspection and maintenance of their wells.”

“As more and more people move into the community, it is important that landowners annually test their wells and storage tanks from where they get their drinking water,” said Znobia Wootan, president, South Llano Watershed Alliance.

Funding for TWON project 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 Texas Water Resources Institute. Those interested in future TWON trainings can find more information at twon.tamu.edu/training. Read the full AgriLife TODAY article for more details.

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