Contact: Drew Gholson, 979-845-1461, firstname.lastname@example.org
BRENHAM — Anyone interested in private water well management is invited to a Texas Well Owner Network training April 28 in Brenham.
The training, which is free and open to the public, will be from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Sales Facility within the Washington County Fairgrounds, 1305 E. Blue Bell Road.
“The Texas Well Owner Network, or 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,” said Drew Gholson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and network coordinator, College Station. “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.”
Gholson said participants may bring well-water samples to the training for screening. The cost is $10 per sample, due when samples are turned in. Water samples will be screened for nitrates, total dissolved solids and bacteria.
Well owners who would like to have their well water sampled can pick up two sample containers from the AgriLife Extension offices in Washington County, 1305 E. Blue Bell Road, Suite 104 in Brenham, or Austin County, 20 S. Holland St. in Bellville.
Gholson said bringing water samples to the training is not required, but those wanting to have samples analyzed must attend.
Lunch will be sponsored by the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District. Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to register by going to http://twon.tamu.edu/training or by calling 979-845-1461 as soon as possible.
The training is one of 30 being conducted statewide through the Texas Well Owner Network project.
“The core content of this program is the same as other trainings, but the information is tailored to local water quality issues and aquifers,” Gholson said.
“More than a million private water wells in Texas provide water to citizens in rural areas and increasingly to those living on 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 all aspects of ensuring their drinking water system is safe – testing, inspecting, maintaining it. This training will help private well owners understand and care for their wells.”
Funding for the Texas Well Owner Network is through a nonpoint source grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. 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.