BRAZORIA — Anyone interested in private water well management in the lower San Bernard River watershed is invited to a Texas Well Owner Network workshop Aug. 2 in Brazoria.
The training, which is free and open to the public, will be from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Friends of River Community Center, 20450 County Road 510-B, said Drew Gholson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and network coordinator in 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 said. “The program was established to help well owners become familiar with Texas groundwater resources, well maintenance and construction, and water quality and treatment.”
The workshop is one of 30 being conducted through the Preventing Water Quality Contamination through the Texas Well Owner Network project. Other training sites include Robstown, Refugio and Yoakum.
“The core content of this program is the same as the other trainings, but the information is tailored to local water quality issues and aquifers,” he said.
Gholson said more than 1 million private water wells in Texas provide water to citizens in rural areas and increasingly to those living on small-acreage properties at the growing rural-urban interface.
“Private well owners are independently responsible for monitoring the quality of their wells,” he said. “They are responsible for ensuring their drinking water is safe. This means they are responsible for all aspects of the water system – testing, inspecting, maintaining – and this training will help them understand and care for their wells.”
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.