Network offers water well screening

Dec. 27, 2012 at 6:27 a.m.

The Texas Well Owner Network is providing a water well screening day for area residents Jan. 7 at the DeWitt and Lavaca county offices of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Samples from private water wells will be screened for common contaminants including fecal coliform bacteria, nitrates and high salinity, according to a news release from the Extension Service.

Samples should be turned in by 10 a.m. The cost is $10 per sample.

The presence of fecal coliform bacteria in water indicates that waste from humans or warm-blooded animals may have contaminated the water and is more likely to also have pathogens present that can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea or other symptoms, according to the news release.

Water with nitrates at levels of 10 parts per million is considered unsafe for human consumption. Infants less than 6 months of age and young livestock are most susceptible, according to the news release.

For the well screening, pick up a sample bag and sampling instructions from either the DeWitt or Lavaca county AgriLife Extension offices.

It is important that only sampling bags from the extension offices be used and all instructions for proper sampling followed to ensure accurate results, according to the news release.

A meeting explaining screening results will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at St. Joseph Catholic Church Family Center, 210 Schrimscher St., in Yoakum.

It is extremely important to be at this meeting to receive results, learn corrective measures for identified problems and to improve understanding of private well management, according to the news release.

The water well testing is being offered in a partnership with the DeWitt and Lavaca county offices of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and the Texas Water Resources Institute and with additional support from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.



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