The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District is hosting a Water Well Check-up & Ask-An-Expert Open House on Thursday, April 16th!
Here is the timeline:
Ask-An-Expert Open House, 11am-1pm:
Everyone is welcome to come to the Ask-An-Expert Open House during the lunch hours that day, 11am-1pm. There is a GREAT line up of experts to talk with…
· Water Treatment (Absolute Water)
· Septic System Maintenance (Agrilife Extension)
· Gardening (Travis County Master Gardeners)
· Tree Care (Texas Heritage Tree Care)
· Water Quality Testing (Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center Water Quality Lab)
· Hydrogeology (BSEACD staff)
Water Well Checkup, 10am-4pm:Well owners in the District can pre-register and pick up supplies from now until the day before the checkup. The first 50 well owners will be able to bring in their water samples on Thursday, April 16 between 10am-4pm to have water screened for pH, nitrate, salinity, and bacteria. After hours dropoff available starting 5pm Wednesday. Samples must be taken less than 24 hours before they are analyzed to give reliable results.
Because this service is being provided free of charge, it is limited to the first 50 people to pre-register and pick up sampling supplies and instructions. We are about half way full at the time of this email. The water quality lab that will be running the bacteria samples will be on site with additional supplies the day of the screening, if you are interested in testing for other constituents or if there are no more slots available for the free screening.
Wondering why you should get your well water checked?
Private water wells should be tested annually for contaminants that can jeopardize the health of its users, especially vulnerable populations like children, the elderly, or those with compromised immune systems.
What Contaminants Are Included in the Screening?
Samples from private water wells will be screened for common contaminants, including fecal coliform bacteria, nitrates, and high salinity. The costs for these screenings can range from $10-$50 per sample, but during the Water Well Check-up the BSEACD will cover the cost of analysis for private wells within its boundary.
- The presence of fecal coliform bacteria in water indicates that waste from humans or warm-blooded animals may have contaminated the water. Water contaminated with fecal coliform bacteria is more likely to also have pathogens present that can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, or other symptoms.
- Water with nitrates at levels of 10 parts per million (ppm) is considered unsafe for human consumption. Nitrate levels above 10 ppm can disrupt the blood’s ability 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 (TDS) is also an important characteristic. Water with high TDS levels may leave deposits and have a salty taste. Additionally, using water with high TDS for irrigation may damage the soil or plants.
For more information, visit BSEACD.org.