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Volunteers for groundwater tests sought

Owners of private groundwater wells are invited to participate in a research project with the University of Texas of Arlington and the North Texas Groundwater Conservation District for water quality testing.

A private environmental firm is working with the university to find volunteers in Denton, Collin and Cooke counties. The testing is free and the results will be made available to landowners. UTA professor Kevin Schug and research associate Zacariah Hildenbrand published a study in 2013 that characterized water quality in private wells near Barnett Shale natural gas extraction sites.

This latest study will use state-of-the-art instrumentation.

The conservation district is participating in the study in order to obtain better information on water quality in the aquifers it monitors, officials said. The district is one of 99 such districts in Texas that help manage the use of groundwater. While the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulates public water supplies, it does not regulate or test the quality of any private water wells.

For more information about participating in the study, email Hildenbrand at zac@informenv.com or call 915-694-7134.