Private water well screening set for May 5, 6

The Texas Well Owner Network is hosting a water well screening May 5 in Odessa to give area residents the opportunity to have their well water screened.

A meeting will follow on May 6 to explain the results.

The water sample drop-off will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. May 5 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Office for Ector County, 1010 E. Eighth St., No. 220, Odessa, or the Midland County Extension Office, 2445 E. Highway 80, Midland.

A meeting explaining screening results will be delivered to participants at 6 p.m. May 6 at 1010 E. Eighth St., No. 200, Odessa.

The screening is presented by AgriLife Extension and Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, in partnership with the AgriLife Extension office in Ector County and the AgriLife Extension office in Midland County.

John Smith, AgriLife Extension program specialist, College Station, said area residents wanting to have their well water screened should pick up a sample bag, bottle and instructions from either of the AgriLife Extension offices.

The cost for each sample is $10. Smith said private water wells should be tested annually. Samples will be screened for contaminants, including total coliform bacteria, E. coli, nitrate-nitrogen, arsenic and salinity.

For more information, please contact the AgriLife Extension office in Odessa at 432-498-4071 or the Midland County Extension Office at 432-686-4700. 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 Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The project is managed by TWRI, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. pigg@tamu.edu