Conservation Matters January 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Navasota and Round Rock well owners invited to trainings

Navasota and Round Rock well owners invited to trainings

Local private well owners interested in water well management are invited to Texas Well Owner Network (TWON) trainings Feb. 5 in Navasota and Feb.19 in Round Rock. The trainings are free and open to the public, said Drew Gholson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and network coordinator.

“The TWON program is for Texas residents who depend on household wells for their water needs, so they can learn about improving and protecting their community water resources,” Gholson said. “The program was established to help well owners become familiar with Texas groundwater resources, septic system maintenance, well maintenance and construction, and water quality and treatment.”

The Round Rock training will be 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Community Room at the Jester Annex, 1801 East Old Settlers Blvd.

The Navasota training will be 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Texas Small Farmers and Ranchers Technology Center, Carver Community Center Campus, 1602 S. La Salle St.

He said participants may bring well-water samples to the training for screening. The cost is $10 per sample, due when samples are turned in.

“Water samples will be screened for nitrates, total dissolved solids and bacteria,” Gholson said.

Well owners who would like to have their water sampled can pick up two sample containers from their county AgriLife Extension office. Bringing water samples to the training is not required, Gholson said, but those wanting to have water samples analyzed must attend.

He said space is limited, so attendees are requested to register as soon as possible at twon.tamu.edu/training or by calling 979.845.1461.

Read the full AgriLife Today Navasota and Round Rock news releases for more details.

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