Well Water Checkup – July 2024

In partnership with the the Texas Well Owner Network (TWON), the District is hosting its first Well Water Checkup of 2024. Well owners with wells located in the District’s boundaries are welcome to participate for free.

Key Dates and Times
All will take place at the District office located at 1124 Regal Row, Austin, Texas.

  • Water Sample Kit Pick-up: July 1 – 9 between 8:30am-4:40pm (excluding the weekend and holiday)
  • Water Sample Kit Drop-off: July 10 between 8:30-10:30am
  • Well Owner Educational Program: July 11 from 10am-11am

Water Sample Kit Pick-up
Community members can come to the District office to pick up a free sample kit with instructions between Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 9 from 8:30am-4:30pm. Participants will be asked to register for the Well Water Checkup in-person at this time. Please note the office will be closed Thursday, July 4 and over the weekend.

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

The sampling kit will include instructions along with a sampling bottle and bag. It is very important that only sampling bags and bottles be used and all instructions for proper sampling are followed to ensure accurate results. Collect your well water sample within 12 hours of returning it to the District office and keep it refrigerated during that time.

Water Sample Kit Drop Off
Samples must be returned to the District office on Wednesday, July 10 between 8:30-10:30am. Results will be emailed to participants from TWON within a week.

Well Owner Educational Program
Joel Pigg, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist, will lead a 1-hour program where participants will learn about sample results, corrective measures for identified problems, drinking water quality, wellhead protection, and general water well issues and concerns. This is a great opportunity for well owners to discuss well maintenance and obtain new resources!

Additional Information
To learn more about the programs offered through the network or to find additional publications and resources, visit www.twon.tamu.edu. For more information on the water screening contact Joel Pigg at  j-pigg@tamu.edu. For questions regarding the sample pick up, drop off, or educational event, please contact Shay Hlavaty at shlavaty@bseacd.org.

The screenings are presented by AgriLife Extension and Texas Water Resources Institute, TWRI, in partnership with the Barton Spring/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District. The water test costs will be covered by the District and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.