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Posted on: January 23, 2023

Bastrop County Texas Well Owners program

               

Private water well screening set for February 27 in Bastrop

Test results meeting on February 28

The Texas Well Owner Network is hosting a “Well Educated” water well screening February 27 in Bastrop to give area residents the opportunity to have their well water screened.

Joel Pigg, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and TWON coordinator, College Station, said the TWON program is for Texas residents who depend on household wells for their water needs.

“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,” he said. “It allows them to learn more about how to improve and protect their community water resources.”

Water samples will be screened for contaminants, including total coliform bacteria, E. coli, nitrate-nitrogen and salinity.

Water samples can be dropped off from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Bastrop County, 901 Pecan Street, Bastrop.  There will be no cost for the water sample.

The follow-up meeting to explain the results of the screenings will be at 8:00 a.m. February 28 at the Bastrop County Annex Building, 804 Pecan Street, Bastrop.

The screening is presented by AgriLife Extension and Texas Water Resources Institute, TWRI, partnership with the AgriLife Extension office in Bastrop County, and the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District.

Sampling instructions

Joel Pigg, AgriLife Extension program specialist, Bryan-College Station, said area residents wanting to have their well water screened should pick up a sample bag, bottle and instructions from the AgriLife Extension office.

“It is very important that only sampling bags and bottles from the AgriLife Extension office be used and all instructions for proper sampling are followed to ensure accurate results,” Pigg said.

Private water wells should be tested annually, he said. The samples will be screened for contaminants, including total coliform bacteria, E. coli, nitrate-nitrogen and salinity.


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