From June through September, Dan Seale and Clint Kaufman, High Plains Water District field technicians, will be taking water samples from wells that are primarily within the established state network of water level observation wells. Once the samples are taken, they will be shipped to the TWDB contract laboratory in Austin to determine the possible quantities of various constituents or parameters of the water.

These water samples will be tested for more than 30 different parameters and constituents, including alkalinity, arsenic, chloride, fluoride, lead, nitrogen compounds, and sodium.

“This program is beneficial to the water district and its constituents because TWDB is furnishing costly equipment and training so that our employees may effectively take these samples,” said Don McReynolds, water district geologist/technical division director. “In addition, the High Plains Water District is able to choose the wells that it considers beneficial to sample.”

The water district will receive the results of the water quality sampling and these data will be provided to the cooperating well users.

“This information will be helpful to consumers of ground water within the High Plains Water District to let them know what constituents may exist in their water. In addition, because some crops are highly sensitive to various factors in water such as sodium, chloride, or alkalinity, producers may find this information very useful to them,” McReynolds said.

The cooperative effort between the High Plains Water District and TWDB is part of the Ground Water Sample Testing Project, a Network Optimization Program of Senate Bill 1 of the 75th Texas Legislature.

For more information, contact the High Plains Water District office at 2930 Avenue Q, Lubbock, Texas, 79411-2499, (806) 762-0181 or visit the website at www.hpwd.com.

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