Water Wells

If your home – or the home you want – is served by a private water well instead of a municipal water system, you’ll want to know about some educational resources published by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. We’ll be posting more of these educational pieces as time goes by.

The Texas Well Owners Network is the educational outreach partnership between AgriLife Extension and the Texas Water Resources Institute. It serves as a sort of clearing house for fact sheets, training calendars, and other resources for owners of private water wells.

Here is a well owner’s guide that provides a fairly comprehensive overview of aquifers, well drilling and failure, water quantity and quality, and treatment options.

The basics of owning a residential water well (extremely brief).

Here’s a guide to protecting your well during a drought.

If your well is in a floodplain – which might include a playa lake – you’ll want to look at this bulletin.

Is your well contaminated by coliform bacteria? It’s not a deal-killer, but it needs to be handled right. Here’s a fact sheet on coliforms and what to do about a coliform-contaminated well.

In some cases, “shock chlorination” can restore a private well to its original quality. Here’s how to do it.