Water Well Trainings Scheduled for May 25-26 in the Permian Basin

A Texas Well Owner Network, TWON, training is scheduled for May 25 and 26 in Midland and Odessa, respectively. Well owners can bring a sample of their well water the day before the training for analysis.

Water well sample testing is available ahead of the May 25 and 26 events, sample drop off is May 24. (Photo Texas A&M AgriLife)

Drop-off of well water samples is May 24, the day before the events, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the same locations as container pickup.

“Well Educated” training courses, free and open to the public, will be from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The first will be May 25 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Office for Midland County, 2445 E. Highway 80, Midland. The second will take place on May 26 at the Ector County Coliseum Barn A, 4201 Andrews Highway, Odessa.

Participants can register on the website https://tx.ag/TWONTrainings or by calling 979-845-1461.

Well Water Testing Instructions

For a cost of $10 per sample, homeowners can have their well water tested on May 24. The meetings on May 25 and 26 will include information explaining the results. Samples will be analyzed for nitrates, total dissolved solids, arsenic and bacteria.

Those wishing to have their water sampled are asked to pick up three sample containers and collection instructions in the week prior to the events from the AgriLife Extension office for Midland County, 2445 E. Highway 80, Midland; or Ector County, 1010 E. 8th St. #220, Odessa.

Texas Well Owner Network Program

More than one million private water wells in Texas provide water to citizens in rural areas and, increasingly, to those who live in small acreages at the growing interface of rural and urban areas.

Joel Pigg, AgriLife Extension Program Specialist and TWON Coordinator, Bryan-College Station, said the TWON program is for Texas residents who rely on household wells for their water needs.

“The program was created to help well owners learn about Texas groundwater resources, septic tank maintenance, well maintenance and construction, and water quality and treatment. water,” he said. “It allows them to learn more about how to improve and protect their community’s water resources.”

Pigg said private well owners are independently responsible for all aspects of their drinking water system’s safety — testing, inspection and maintaining quality.

“This training will help private well owners understand and maintain their wells,” he said.

Pigg said the training is one of many trainings being conducted across the state as part of Project TWON.

“The basic content of this program is the same as the other trainings, but the information is tailored to local water quality issues and aquifers,” he said.

Funding for the Texas Well Owner Network is provided by a Clean Water Act non-point source grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the US Environmental Protection Agency. The project is managed by the Texas Waters Resources Institute, which is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Call Pigg at 979-845-1461 or email him at [email protected] for additional information or questions.