Conservation Matters April 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Affordable private water well screenings coming to Llano, Goldthwaite

Affordable private water well screenings coming to Llano, Goldthwaite

The Texas Well Owner Network will offer water well screenings in May for Llano and Mills counties to give residents the opportunity to have their well water tested.

The screenings are presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in these counties in partnership with the Texas Water Resources Institute.

“Private water wells should be tested annually,” said John W. Smith, AgriLife Extension program specialist.

He said individuals submitting well water samples should use only sampling bags and bottles from their AgriLife Extension office and should properly follow instructions to ensure accurate results. A $10 per sample fee will be collected when bags and bottles are picked up by participants.

Dates, times and locations for the screenings are:

  • May 11 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the St. James Lutheran Church, Schorlemmer Hall, 1401 Ford St. in Llano. Sample bags and bottles can be picked up at the AgriLife Extension office for Llano County, 1447 State Highway 71, Unit E in Llano. A meeting explaining screening results will be held at 6 p.m. May 12 at the St. James Lutheran Church, Schorlemmer Hall.
  • May 13 from 8:30-10 a.m. at the AgriLife Extension office for Mills County, 1011 4th St., which is in the basement of the Mills County Courthouse in Goldthwaite. Sample bags and bottles can also be picked up at the AgriLife Extension office. A follow-up meeting to explain screening results will be held at 6 p.m. May 14 at the Mills County State Bank, 1101 Parker St. in Goldthwaite. Lisa Prcin, the Lampasas River Watershed coordinator, will also discuss ongoing programs.

Samples will be screened for common contaminants, including total coliform bacteria, E. coli, nitrates and high salinity.

For more information for the Llano County screening, call 325.247.5159; for the Mills County screening, call 325.648.2650. To learn more about programs offered through the Texas Well Owner Network or to find additional publications and resources, go to twon.tamu.edu.

Support for the Texas Well Owner Network 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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