Texas Well Owners Network educational program to be hosted Aug. 7

July 22, 2014 at 2:22 a.m.

YOAKUM - Anyone interested in private water well management in the Lavaca or Guadalupe River watersheds is invited to a Texas Well Owner Network training in Yoakum.

"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," said Drew Gholson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and network coordinator in College Station. "The program was established to help well owners become familiar with Texas groundwater resources, septic system maintenance, well maintenance and construction, water quality and treatment."

Well owners who would like to have their well water sampled for nitrates, total dissolved solids and bacteria can pick up two sample containers, a bag and a bottle from the AgriLife Extension office in Lavaca or DeWitt counties. It is not required to attend the training.

The training is one of 30 hosted statewide through the Preventing Water Quality Contamination, which will also include sessions in Brazoria, Robstown and Refugio.

The content covered in each program is the same but is tailored to area water quality issues and aquifers, he said.

"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."



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