Conservation Matters February 2014

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Private well owners invited to educational programs across the state

Private well owners invited to educational programs across the state

The Texas Well Owner Network (TWON) is hosting water well screening and educational programs in Longview, San Marcos and Bandera this spring. The programs are presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Water Resources Institute, in partnership with local AgriLife Extension offices.

TWON’s Well Informed education program is 1 hour long and gives well owners the opportunity to have their well water samples screened for common contaminants and then attend a presentation explaining screening results, water well protection practices, wellhead protection and recommendations for remediating well contamination. TWON will hold Well Informed trainings on March 9 in Longview and April 9 in San Marcos.

The program’s Well Educated training is a free, one-day educational workshop for Texas residents who depend on household wells for their water needs. Private well owners who want to become familiar with groundwater resources, septic system maintenance, well maintenance, water conservation, water quality and water treatment are encouraged to attend. Participants can also bring their well water samples to be screened for common contaminants. The next Well Educated training will be on March 22 in Bandera.

Additional trainings will be held through this year and through 2016, according to organizers. To keep up with TWON’s schedule of upcoming educational events and to learn more about private water well best practices, go to twon.tamu.edu.

Support for TWON is provided through Clean Water Act nonpoint source funding from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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