Private water well screening

Contact: John Smith, 979-845-2761, jwsmith@ag.tamu.edu LLANO — The Texas Well Owner Network is hosting a water well screening from 8:30–10:00 a.m., March 7 at St. James Lutheran Church, Schorlemmer Hall, 1401 Ford Street, in Llano, to give area residents the opportunity to have their well water screened. A $10 per sample fee will be collected when bags and bottles are picked up by participants.

Contact: John Smith, 979-845-2761, jwsmith@ag.tamu.edu

LLANO — The Texas Well Owner Network is hosting a water well screening from 8:30–10:00 a.m., March 7 at St. James Lutheran Church, Schorlemmer Hall, 1401 Ford Street, in Llano, to give area residents the opportunity to have their well water screened.  A $10 per sample fee will be collected when bags and bottles are picked up by participants.

Private water well screening set for March 7-8 in Llano

 

Contact: John Smith, 979-845-2761, jwsmith@ag.tamu.edu

LLANO — The Texas Well Owner Network is hosting a water well screening from 8:30–10:00 a.m., March 7 at St. James Lutheran Church, Schorlemmer Hall, 1401 Ford Street, in Llano, to give area residents the opportunity to have their well water screened.  A $10 per sample fee will be collected when bags and bottles are picked up by participants.

 

For sampling information contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Llano County, 1447 East State Highway 71, Unit E, in Llano, to give area residents the opportunity to have their well water screened. 

 

A meeting explaining screening results will be held at 6 p.m. March 8, at St. James Lutheran Church, Schorlemmar Hall, 1401 Ford Street in Llano.

 

The screening is presented by AgriLife Extension and Texas Water Resources Institute in partnership with the AgriLife Extension office in Llano County.

 

“Private water wells should be tested annually,” said John W. Smith, AgriLife Extension program specialist. “It is very important that only sampling bags and bottles and instructions from the AgriLife Extension office in Llano County be used and all instructions for proper sampling are followed to ensure accurate results.”

 

Smith said for area residents to have their well water screened, they need to pick up a sample bag, bottle and instructions from the AgriLife Extension in Llano County.  

 

The samples must be turned in by 10:00 a.m. on the day of the screening. Samples will be screened for common contaminants, including total coliform bacteria, E. coli, nitrate-nitrogen and salinity.

 

Research shows the presence of E. coli bacteria in water indicates that waste from humans or warm-blooded animals may have contaminated the water. Water contaminated with E. coli is more likely to also have pathogens present that can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea or other symptoms. 

 

“Water with nitrate-nitrogen at levels of 10 parts per million is considered unsafe for human consumption,” Smith said. “These nitrate levels above 10 parts per million can disrupt the ability of blood to carry oxygen throughout the body, resulting in a condition called methemoglobinemia. Infants less than 6 months of age and young livestock are most susceptible.”

 

Salinity as measured by total dissolved solids will also be determined for each sample. Water with high levels may leave deposits and have a salty taste, and using water with high levels for irrigation may damage soil or plants.

 

Smith said it is extremely important for those submitting samples to be at the meeting to receive results, learn corrective measures for identified problems and to improve understanding of private well management.

 

For more information, please contact the AgriLife Extension office in Llano County at 325-247-5159.

 

To learn more about the programs offered through the network or to find additional publications and resources, please visit http://twon.tamu.edu.

 

Funding for the Texas Well Owner Network is through a state nonpoint source grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.  The project is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. 

 

The members of Texas A&M AgriLife will provide equal opportunities in programs and activities, education, and employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity and will strive to achieve full and equal employment opportunity throughout Texas A&M AgriLife.

 

 

March 7th, 2017 8:30 AM   through   10:00 AM
1401 Ford Street
Llano, TX 78643
United States

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Phone: 325-247-5159