Trinity Groundwater Conservation District is seeking water well owners in
Parker, Wise, Montague and Hood counties to participate in a groundwater
quality study in partnership with University of Texas at Arlington researchers
through a private firm.
quality study will provide new data to the district through the testing of over
30 water quality parameters. Study organizers are hoping to gather at least 100
samples in the area.
private firm collecting the samples, Inform Environmental LLC, is owned by
Zacariah Hildenbrand, a research associate at UT Arlington. Hildenbrand and
Kevin Schug, Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry at UT
Arlington, performed a similar study in 2011. The results, published in the
journal Environmental Science & Technology and co-authored by
Hildenbrand and Schug, characterized the water quality near natural gas
Arlington and Inform Environmental have developed a range of testing methods to
analyze the samples for specific contaminants such as arsenic and may identify
elements commonly used in unconventional drilling.
our research team developed have the potential to address many important
questions about water quality in North Texas and help citizens become better
informed," said Schug. "We are eager to expand the reach of our work
through this partnership."
water wells are not required to be tested for contamination by the Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality, as public water systems. The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District has
over 6,000 registered water wells belonging to both public and private
entities. The district will soon have the ability to test for basic water
quality constituents by a certified field technician; however, the wide-range
of water quality parameters of the study has not been attempted by the district
partnership could open the door to greater cooperation between public and
private entities statewide, “ said Dr. Bob Patterson, general manager for Upper
about participation in the study, please contact Hildenbrand at email@example.com