The Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer annual well water checkup and open house is next week. There are still slots available for residential wells, if you’d like to sign up and stop by to pick up a sampling kit. Sample day (when you’ll need to bring your water samples to the office) is next Wednesday, April 13, 2016 before 1:30.
Well Water Checkup and Open House
US EPA’s rules that protect public drinking water systems do not apply to individual water systems, such as privately owned wells. As an individual water system owner, it is up to each well owner to ensure that their water is safe to drink.
The Edwards and Trinity Aquifers are karst aquifers that can receive rapid recharge during storms. Bacteria, nitrate, and salinity screening can be a good indication of how connected a well’s water supply is to surface water and surface water contaminants.
Each year, the District hosts the free Well Water Checkup and Open House to help our well owners learn more about their well water and answer questions about water quality, geology, water conservation, and alternate water supplies.
There are still slots left for this year’s well water sampling. It is limited to the first 75 District well owners to stop by to preregister and pick up sampling supplies and instructions. Call (512-282-8441) if you need to pick up the sampling kit after hours and staff can help fill out the preregistration form.