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Drinking Water Standards

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service This publication explains the federal safety standards for drinking water provided by public water supply systems.  It discusses the legal requirements for public water supplies, the maximum level allowed for contaminants in the water, and the potential health effects of each contaminant regulated. People who use water from private sources such as wells can also use these standards as a guide in checking whether their water is safe. By:  Monty Dozier, Mark L. McFarland ID: B-6186 [ Click to View Water Education… Read More →

Drinking Water Problems: Nitrates

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service High levels of nitrates in drinking water can be harmful for very young infants and susceptible adults. This publication explains how people are exposed to nitrates, what health effects are caused by them in drinking water and how to remove them. By: Monty Dozier, Bruce J. Lesikar, Rebecca Melton, Janie Hopkins, Michael Hare ID: B-6184 [ Click to View Water Education Resource ] [ Spanish ]

On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems: Graywater

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Reusing household water (graywater) to irrigate landscapes is becoming more popular. This publication explains how graywater collection and distribution systems work and what regulations pertain to their use. There are helpful illustrations to show system design. By: David Smith, Bruce J. Lesikar, Courtney O’Neill, Rebecca Melton ID: B-6176 [ Click to View Water Education Resource ]

On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems: Soil Particle Analysis Procedure

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Soil is an important component of an on-site wastewater treatment system. This publication explains the composition of soils, the sizing of soil particles, and the ways soil particles are analyzed to determine whether a site is suitable for a wastewater treatment system. Color photographs illustrate important processes such as analyzing gravel and determining soil texture. A worksheet details the bouyoucos hydrometer method of measuring soil particle size. There are also helpful data sheets for recording information. By: Bruce J. Lesikar ID: B-6175 [… Read More →

On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems: Homeowner’s Guide to Evaluating Service Contracts

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service This guide helps homeowners who are seeking maintenance services for their onsite wastewater treatment systems (such as septic systems). Included are definitions of common terms used in service contracts, types of service contracts available, and factors to consider when choosing a service provider. By: Bruce J. Lesikar, Courtney O’Neill, David Lindbo, David Gustafson, George Loomis, Nancy Deal ID: B-6171 [ Click to View Water Education Resource ]

Turf Irrigation and Nutrient Management

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service This manual is a reference guide for landscape professionals. It covers all aspects of irrigation and nutrient management of turfgrasses. There are sections on predicting turf water requirements, accounting for rainfall, determining irrigation frequency, determining station runtimes, determining precipitation rate, taking soil samples, determining chemical and fertilizer requirements, and applying fertilizers. By: Guy Fipps, David Smith, James McAfee ID: B-6165 [ Click to View Water Education Resource ]

Center Pivot Workbook

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service This training manual is based on the popular publication “Center Pivot Irrigation” (B-6096), which has been widely used by both irrigators and dealers to select and manage pivots. The workbook has 15 sections covering all topics related to selecting and managing center pivots, including types of drive systems, telescoping, water applicators and chemigation. Each section has review problems to test one’s understanding of the topic. A center pivot buyer’s checklist is also included. The workbook can be used for independent study or… Read More →

Basics of Microirrigation

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Microirrigation involves the frequent application of small amounts of water as drops (drip irrigation), fine streams of droplets (micro-sprinklers) or a miniature spray (micro-sprayers), using applicators placed along a water delivery line.   This publication illustrates the various types of microirrigation equipment available and its application in different situations. By: Juan Enciso, Dana Porter ID: B-6160 [ Click to View Water Education Resource ]

Best Turfgrasses for Texas

Source:  Xeriscape…Landscape Water Conservation When designing the landscape, keep in mind that turfgrasses need more water and maintenance than most other plants. To conserve water, reduce the size of the lawn by including patios, decks, shrub beds and groundcovers in the landscape design. Also consider the ease of watering turf areas. Areas that are long and narrow, small, or oddly shaped are difficult to water efficiently. Confine grass to blocky, squarish areas that are easier to maintain. Water Efficiently Tremendous amounts of water are applied to lawns and… Read More →

A Texas Field Guide to Evaluating Rangeland Stream and Riparian Health

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Stream and riparian ecosystems play an important part in the water issues that face Texans today and will in the future. Healthy ecosystems provide clean water, sustain flow in rivers, and act like sponges to soak up and store flood waters, recharging shallow water tables and reducing downstream flood damage. This field guide will help concerned landowners, agencies and others  evaluate visually the health of Texas stream and riparian ecosystems and identify any changes in that health over time. This guide discusses… Read More →

Irrigation of Sugarcane in Texas

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Producers in Texas’ Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) grow approximately 45,000 acreas of sugarcane, a crop with high water requirements (about 65 inches per year). Rainfall in semiarid South Texas supplies only a third of this need, so producers must irrigate. This publication is a complete guide to the irrigation of sugarcane crops. The information it contains can help growers keep irrigation costs down and make more efficient use of irrigation water. By: Juan Enciso ID: B-6156 [ Click to View Water Education… Read More →

The Watershed Management Approach

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Watershed management is a coordinated environmental management framework that focuses on highest priority problems. This publication explains the data collection and data assessment that is part of such a system, and describes the implementation process. The publication will help stakeholders understand watershed management policies. By: Russell A. Persyn, Molly Griffin, Amy T. Williams, Clint Wolfe ID: B-6154 [ Click to View Water Education Resource ]

Keep Your Lawn Alive During Drought

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service This booklet addresses ways a homeowner can maintain a healthy lawn during drought. It discusses water rationing and care of specific grass species. By: James McAfee ID: EB-6126 [ Click to View Water Education Resource ]

Reference Guide for Texas Ranchers

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Effective ranch management requires a tremendous amount of information about subjects such as livestock husbandry, grazing management, weed and brush control, and seeding rangeland. Practical information about these topics is contained in easy-to-read tables and charts and forms a handy reference for ranchers. Examples of specific information included are: guide to use of saline waters for livestock; average composition of common feeds; commonly used grazing systems; sprayer calibration instructions for herbicide application; and seeding rates for grasses. By: Allan McGinty ID: EB-6101 [… Read More →

On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems: Selecting and Permitting

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service This publication explains factors to consider when choosing an on-site wastewater treatment system and lists the nine steps required to obtain a permit for one. By: Bruce J. Lesikar ID: EB-6077 [ Click to View Water Education Resource ] [ Spanish ]