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Private water well screenings coming to North Texas counties in October

Private water well screenings coming to North Texas counties in October

The Texas Well Owner Network will offer screenings in October for Somervell, Hood, Palo Pinto, Parker and Wise counties to give residents the opportunity to have their well water analyzed for common contaminants.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Water Resources Institute are partnering on the program.

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

He said those submitting samples should only use sampling bags and bottles from their county AgriLife Extension office and follow the included instructions carefully to ensure accurate results. A $10 per sample fee will be collected when bags and bottles are picked up by participants. Bottles and bags will be available at least a week before the turn-in dates.

Samples will be screened for common contaminants, including total coliform bacteria, E. coli, nitrate-nitrogen and salinity.

Dates, times and locations for the screenings are:

  • Oct. 19, 8:30–9:30 a.m. Sample bags and bottles should be turned in at the AgriLife Extension office for Somervell County, 1405 Texas Drive in Glen Rose. This is a collaborative effort with Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District. A follow-up meeting to explain screening results will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Texas Forest Service building, 450 Howard Clemmons Drive in in Granbury.
  • Oct. 19, 8:30–10 a.m. Sample bags and bottles should be turned in at the AgriLife Extension office for Hood County, 1410 W. Pearl St. in Granbury. A follow-up meeting to explain screening results will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Texas Forest Service building, 450 Howard Clemmons Drive in Granbury.
  • Oct. 20, 8:30–9:30 a.m. Sample bags and bottles should be turned in at the AgriLife Extension office for Palo Pinto County, 221 S. 5th Ave. in Palo Pinto. A follow-up meeting to explain screening results will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at the AgriLife Extension office for Parker County, 604 N. Main St. in Weatherford.
  • Oct. 20, 8:30–10 a.m. Sample bags and bottles should be turned in at the AgriLife Extension office for Parker County, 604 N. Main St. in Weatherford. A follow-up meeting to explain screening results will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 21, also at the AgriLife Extension office.
  • Oct. 21, 8:30–10 a.m. Sample bags and bottles should be turned in at the AgriLife Extension office for Wise County, 206 S. State St. in Decatur. A follow-up meeting to explain screening results will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Wise County Fairgrounds, Women’s Building, 3101 S. Farm-to-Market Road 51 in Decatur.

At the programs for Hood, Palo Pinto, Parker and Wise counties, Jillian North, assistant general manager from the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, will also discuss ongoing water quality programs.

For more information for the Hood County screening, call 817.579.3280. For the Palo Pinto County screening, call 940.659.1228. For the Parker County screening, call 817-598-6168. For the Somervell County screening, call 254.897.2809. For the Wise County screening, call 940.627.3341.

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 program 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.

Read the full AgriLife Today article for more information.

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