Texas Well Owner Network trainings set for DFW area in February

The Texas Well Owner Network will present water well trainings in February for several North Texas counties. (Texas Well Owner Network photo)

COLLEGE STATION — The Texas Well Owner Network will present water well trainings in February for Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hill, Hunt, Johnson, Navarro and Tarrant county residents.

The trainings are free and open to the public.

“The Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON, program is for Texas residents who depend on household wells for their water needs,” said Dr. Drew Gholson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and TWON coordinator, College Station. “It was established to help well owners become familiar with Texas groundwater resources, septic system maintenance, well maintenance and construction, and water quality and treatment.”

Participants may bring well-water samples to the training for screening. The cost is $10 per sample, due when samples are turned in.

Dates, times and locations for the trainings are:

— Feb. 4 from 1-5 p.m. at Myers Park and Event Center, 7117 County Road 166 in McKinney. Sample containers with instructions can be picked up at the AgriLife Extension offices in Collin, Grayson, Fannin or Hunt counties.

— Feb. 5 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Southlake Police and Fire Headquarters, 600 State Street in Southlake. Sample containers with instructions can be picked up at the AgriLife Extension offices in Tarrant and Dallas counties.

— Feb. 6 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Midlothian Conference Center, 1 Community Circle Drive. in Midlothian. Sample containers with instructions can be picked up at the AgriLife Extension offices in Tarrant, Ellis, Hill, Johnson and Navarro counties.

TWON program attendees can bring well water samples for testing. (Texas Water Resource Institute photo by Kathy Whyte)

“Samples will be screened for nitrate-nitrogen, total dissolved solids, arsenic and E. coli bacteria,” Gholson said. “Bringing water samples to the training is not required, but those wanting to have water samples analyzed must attend.”

Attendees can register 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 EPA. 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.

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Contact: Dr. Drew Gholson, 979-845-1461, dgholson@tamu.edu

 

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