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TWDB Online Resource Updates

The Texas Water Development board has a new URL for its well reporting system: https://www2.twdb.texas.gov/apps/sdr/default.aspx

See also: the quick reference guide PDF for the system.

posted September 29, 2015

Proposed Rules for Apprenticeship Program

TGWA President Don McElroy, Dean Robbins, and Leroy Goodson attended the TDLR Water Well Drillers' Advisory Council Meeting on August 26, 2015, in Austin, Texas. The Council considered and reviewed the proposed rules for the Apprenticeship Program as outlined in H.B. 930, approved by the legislature this past session.

The TDLR and the Council made several changes to the Draft Rules, which provides for the Apprenticeship Program to be re-instated on June 1, 2016.

The proposed rules will be published on Friday, September 18, 2015, by TDLR in the Texas Register for a 30-day comment period, ending October 19, 2015. If no comments are received, the TDLR Commission could vote to approve the proposed rules which would become effective 20 days after adoption. The Commission meets on November 18, 2015.

The significant changes in the proposed rules allows those qualified licensees to have unlimited apprentices if approved by TDLR and the 2-hour rule would be eliminated.

The rules will be published in the September 18, 2015 issue of the Texas Register. For a copy of the proposed rules, visit http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/sos/index.html after September 18th, or contact Stacey Steinbach at ssteinbach@twca.org for a copy.

posted September 24, 2015

Donate to Help A TGWA Community Member in Need

TGWA Board Member Rusty Tarver and his wife lost much of their home in the recent flooding in Central Texas. Please consider making a donation via this GoFundMe page to help aid in their relief.

posted May 30, 2015

Pump Scam Warning

Below is an excerpt from an email from a TGWA member.

"One Company's Saga"

Our company was contacted by another company interested in solar pumps and the bogus saga begins:

On September 30th, 2014 the first 2 invoices were paid by credit cards, one for $6,500.00+ for 10 pumps and $6,900.00+for 10 pumps. This was basically a test on the receiver's part to get their "foot in the door." AND!!! That they did. On 10/16/14 a request for 10 more pumps was ordered and shipped to the tune of $21,886.00+ On 10/22/14 another request for 6 pumps was shipped for $12,270.00. The final shipment requested was for 23 pumps for $55,564.00+. All of the invoices for the receiver of the pumps were paid with credit cards with names, addresses, credit card numbers, expiration date and CCV codes which were sent via email. When the credit card for the last amount of $55,564.00 was asked to be split into 2 charges and the first one was denied "red flags" immediately went up. Calling the customer whose credit card was denied, he had never heard of our company nor had any inclination of what was going on.

All shipping labels were emailed which later it was to be known the receiver of the pumps had used another company's shipping account.

As the receiver called and wanted to know why the last shipment was not sent.... my reply to him was Sir, if you can send me a wire in the amount of $55,564.00 to clear up denied credit card charges for the 23 pumps we can ship them, that was the end of any communication from receiver.

All the people whose credit cards have been charged are aware as each one was contacted personally and apologies were made for any inconvenience that they were caused.


I know TGWA has received at least 20+ of these requests by email. Fortunately, TGWA does not sell pumps and equipment, so we just delete the notice.

To our members, beware!

Thanks to the member above for sharing their story with us, we have heard of others in similar scams.


posted November 18, 2014

The Fountainhead Bonus Issue published

A bonus issue of TGWA's newsletter, The Fountainhead, is now available on the newsletters page, along with an additional article on salt water disposal wells.

posted September 13, 2012

New TGWA Newsletter Issue

A special 2012 Convention issue of The Fountainhead, TGWA's newsletter, is now posted on the newsletter page.

posted Jan. 23, 2012

National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 6-12, 2011

Download and distribute the following documents from the Texas Groundwater Protection Committee to help promote National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 6-12, 2011:

posted February 26, 2011

Edwards Aquifer Authority: Request for Statements of Interest and Qualifications for Water Well Closure Services (RFQ #049-10-AM/Q)

The Edwards Aquifer Authority, located in San Antonio, Texas, requests statements of interest and qualifications from qualified contractors for services related to closing abandoned Edwards Aquifer water wells. Resulting contracts for well closure services will be for one year with an option for the Authority to renew for two additional one-year periods.

The deadline for statements of interest and qualifications is 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 1, 2010.

For more information contact Ms. Cyndi Holman, Procurement Specialist, at (210) 222-2204 or visit www.edwardsaquifer.org

posted August 16, 2010

Notice for UTGCD Water Well Owners/Operators

TGWA is helping to distribute an important notice of legal obligations to those who own or operate water wells in Hood County, Montague County, or Wise County (the boundaries of the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District):

posted January 5, 2009

The TCEQ has a PGMA update study for the North-Central Texas - Trinity and Woodbine aquifers area - and prepared a draft report. The Executive Director welcomes written comments received by April 30, 2007. Written comments may be directed to Kelly Mills at TCEQ, MC-147, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, TX 7811, via email at .

TGWA has republished an article from NGWA's Well Log: NGWA Goes Live On National TV

TDLR Water Well Driller/Pump Installer Section issues notice July 13 to licensed drillers and pump installers on groundwater contamination and restrictions on water well drilling in northwest Houston. Click here for the full notice.

New members named to TDLR Water Well Drillers Advisory Council: Billy R. Lange, of Rowena, Trans-Pecos Region representative; John A. Pyburn, of Manvel, Gulf Coast Region representative; and Virgil B. Clark, of Alpine, public member.

Changes to Continuing Education requirements, effective 12/01/03, are explained on the CE page.