Future trainings to be held in Wellington, Lubbock, Haskell, Wimberley, Fort Stockton, Lampasas and Uvalde
BOERNE — Anyone interested in private water well management in the Upper Cibolo Creek watershed area is invited to attend the Texas Well Owner Network training to be held Feb. 27 in Boerne.
Participants may bring samples of their well water to the program for analysis, according to Drew Gholson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and program coordinator.
The no-cost training will be from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road in Boerne.
“This 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.”
This is the second of 14 trainings to be conducted through the Preventing Water Quality Contamination initiative of the Texas Well Owner Network project, he added.
Gholson said private well-water samples will be screened for nitrate, total dissolved solids, arsenic and bacteria.
“The core content of these trainings will be the same, but the information will be tailored to the local water quality issues and aquifers,” Gholson said.
Other scheduled trainings include Wellington, Lubbock, Haskell, Wimberley, Fort Stockton, Lampasas and Uvalde.
Well owners can pick up sample containers from the Upper Guadalupe River Authority, 125 Lehmann Drive, Suite 100, Kerrville, or Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District, 201 E. San Antonio Ave., Suite 100, Boerne.
Sample containers may also be obtained from the AgriLife Extension office in Kendall County at 201 E. San Antonio Ave., Suite 9, Boerne.
“Fill each bottle and bag according to instructions and bring the two samples to the training,” Gholson said.
The analyses cost $10 per sample for nitrate, total dissolved solids and arsenic. There is also a $10 per sample cost for E. coli bacteria analyzed by the river authority, and cash payment is due when samples are turned in at the training.
Bringing water samples is not required, Gholson said, but those wanting to have water samples analyzed must attend the training.
“Over 1 million private water wells in Texas provide water to citizens in rural areas and, increasingly, to those living in small acreages at the growing rural-urban interface,” he said. “Private well owners are independently responsible for monitoring the quality of their wells. They are responsible for ensuring their drinking water is safe. They are responsible for all aspects of the water system – testing, inspecting, maintaining – and this training will help private well owners to understand and care for their wells.”
Attendance is limited to 70 participants, so attendees are requested to register as soon as possible at http://twon.tamu.edu/training or by calling 979-845-1461.
Funding for the Texas Well Owner Network is through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The project is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.