WATER QUALITY TESTING
The District offers limited water quality testing for Blanco County well owners. District staff will need access to your well for less than an hour. During that time we will try to measure the water level in the well, conduct some on-site measurements, take a bacteria sample in a sterile bottle, and take a water chemistry sample that will be analyzed in the District laboratory for the more common chemical constituents. The District does not charge for this service. To schedule a water quality test, call District Field Technician Paul Babb at (830) 868-9196 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips and Information Regarding Your Well
A Guide to Understanding your Water Quality Report
2.) A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Chlorinating Your Water Well
Blanco-Pedernales Groundwater Conservation District receives frequent
requests for information on how to chlorinate water wells. In an attempt
to answer this question in a clear and easily understood manner, the
is providing this guide as a courtesy and convenience to well owners.
Whether or not you chlorinate your well and how you go about are decisions
you must make. The following chlorination treatment guidelines are
generally used by many well owners and professional well service companies.
In most cases, these procedures will successfully sterilize your well
of bacteria. The procedures are relatively simple, but can be hazardous.
If you have any doubts about your ability to safely and properly follow
these procedures, you are urged to contact a well service company for
professional help. The District is not responsible for any injuries,
damages, or bacterial reoccurrences resulting from the use or misuse
of this information.
3.) Sulfate in Blanco County Groundwater
(SO4) occurs naturally in most of Blanco County groundwater, with higher
levels often common in the Upper Glen Rose and Middle Trinity Aquifers
found in the southern half of the county. At high levels, sulfate can
give water a bitter or astringent taste and can have mild laxative effects.
Sulfate in drinking water currently has a secondary maximum contaminant
level (SMCL) of 250 milligrams per liter (mg/L), based on aesthetic effects
(i.e., taste and odor). This regulation is provided by the Environmental
Protection Agency. It is not a Federally enforceable standard, but is
provided as a guideline for States and public water systems.
A Texas Manual for Rainwater Harvesting
harvesting is an ancient technique enjoying a revival in popularity due
to the inherent quality of rainwater and interest in reducing consumption
of treated water.