Pascual Hernandez
Pascual Hernandez

More than a million private water wells in Texas provide water to citizens in rural areas and increasingly to those living on small acreages.

Those well owners are responsible for all aspects of ensuring their drinking water system is safe – testing, inspecting, and maintaining it.

To that end, AgriLife Extension and the Sutton County Underground Water Conservation District will offer a free, educational training on October 15, 2020 for Sutton County residents who depend on household wells for their water needs.

Participants can become familiar with groundwater resources, septic system maintenance, well maintenance, water quality and water treatment.

The well owner training, which is free and open to the public, will be from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with presentations given virtually from College Station.

Attendees can register at or by calling 979-845-1461.

Well owners who would like to have their well water sampled can pick up two sample containers and sample collection instructions from the AgriLife Extension Office in Sutton County or the Sutton County Underground Water Conservation District Office (301 South Crockett Ave., Sonora) any time prior to October 14th .

However, samples must be turned in on Wednesday, October 14 between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m..

Well-water samples will be screened at a cost of $10 per sample, due when the samples are turned in. Water samples will be screened for nitrates, total dissolved solids and bacteria.

Bringing water samples is not required, but those wanting to have water samples analyzed need to attend the presentation.

For more information, call the Sutton County Extension Office at 387-3101 or the Sutton County Underground Water Conservation District at 387-2369.