Well-owner training set April 10 in Haskell

HASKELL —  A water-well management training is scheduled for April 10 in Haskell.

The no-cost Texas Well Owner Network training will be from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at Occasions, located at 600 South 1st St., said Drew Gholson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and program coordinator.

A free Texas Well Owner Network training will be held April 9 in Haskell, and participants may bring well-water samples for a low-cost analysis of .  (Texas Well Owner Network photo)

A free Texas Well Owner Network training will be held April 10 in Haskell. Attendees  may bring well-water samples for a low-cost analysis. (Texas Well Owner Network photo)

Private well owners may bring samples of their well water to the program for analysis, Gholson said. For a nominal cost, samples can be screened for nitrate, total dissolved solids, arsenic and bacteria.

“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,” he said. “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 by the Preventing Water Quality Contamination Program through the Texas Well Owner Network project, he added.

“The core content at each 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 will be held in Amarillo, Wimberley, Fort Stockton, Lampasas and Uvalde.

Well owners who would like to have their water sampled can pick up sample bags from the Haskell County Extension Office at 101 South Avenue D in Haskell or at the Knox, Stonewall, or Throckmorton AgriLife Extension offices.

“Fill each bag, according to instructions, with a sample from their well, and bring the samples to the training on April 10,” Gholson said.

The analyses cost $10 per sample for nitrate, total dissolved solids, arsenic and bacteria.

Bringing water samples to the training is not required, Gholson said, but those wanting to have water samples analyzed must attend the training.

“More than 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 also responsible for all aspects of the water system – testing, inspecting, maintaining – and this training will help private well owners better understand and care for their wells.”

Attendance is limited, so attendees are requested to register at http://twon.tamu.edu/training or by calling 979-845-1461 as soon as possible.

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, the AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

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