Private water well management in the Buck Creek Watershed area will be the focus of the Texas Well Owner Network Training on Thursday, March 28 in Wellington, Texas.
The no-cost training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Club Room of the Wellington Auditorium, 802 10th Street, according to Drew Gholson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and program coordinator, College Station.
"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 says. "The program was established to help well owners become familiar with Texas groundwater resources, septic system maintenance, well maintenance and construction, water quality and water treatment."
This is one of 14 trainings to be conducted through the "Preventing Water Quality Contamination through the Texas Well Owner Network" project.
As part of the training in Wellington, private well owners may bring well-water samples to the training to be screened for fecal coliform bacteria, total dissolved solids, nitrates, and arsenic.
"The core content of these trainings will be the same, but the information will be tailored to the local quality issues and aquifers," Gholson says.
Some other scheduled training will include Amarillo, Lubbock, Haskell, Fort Stockton, Lampasas, and Uvalde.
All owners who would like to have their well water screened can pick up a sample bag and water sampling instructions from AgriLife Extension offices in Childress, Collingsworth, Donley, Hall, or Wheeler counties. Contact information for each office can be found online.
Cost is $10 per sample. Payment is due when samples are turned in at the training.
Texans have more than 1 million private water wells and numbers are increasing in rural Texas as more people seek to live on small acreages.
Space is limited, so coordinators for the training have asked that those planning to attend register as soon as possible online.