AgriLife to host water well screening

Water is definitely our most precious natural resource.

In Hood County we are blessed with a good supply of safe drinking water. Whether it is from a municipal supply or private water wells most of us can enjoy a refreshing drink of water any time we wish without the fear of it being contaminated.

However, there are times in which our water supply can become contaminated by a variety of contaminates. For those of us who live with municipal water, the water provider conducts tests and monitors our water for us. However, those who rely on a private water well must monitor their water against such contaminates.

It is recommended that private water wells be tested annually.

In an effort to help private well owners in Hood County the Leadership Advisory Board of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Hood County is sponsoring a water well screening for area residents on Monday, Oct. 28.

This well screening is designed to inform private water well owners and users on the condition of their well water and make them aware of possible contamination from common contaminants such as fecal coli form, salinity and nitrates. The cost is $10 per sample and is limited to private well owners in Hood County.

The presence of fecal coli form in water indicates that feces (bodily waste from humans or animals) may have contaminated the water. Water contaminated with feces has microorganisms present that can cause a number of “waterborne” diseases such as cholera, typhoid and dysentery.

If you are interested in having your private water well screened you will need to pick up a sample bag and instructions from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Hood County Office at 1410 W. Pearl St. in Granbury prior to Friday, Oct. 25. Samples will need to be collected and turned in on Oct. 28 from 7:30 a.m. until 9 a.m.

It is very important that only sampling bags from the Hood County Extension office be used and all instructions for proper sampling are followed to ensure accurate results.

A water quality meeting explaining screening results will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Texas Forest Service building, 400 Howard Clemmons Rd. At this time each well owner will receive a report indicating the status of their well. If the results from the screening indicate there are areas of concern for the well owner they will then receive additional information to help them address the issue.

For more information contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Hood County Office at 817-579-3280.