Well Water in Midland Could Be Killing Your Plants 1/31/14
CBS 7 News
Drought conditions make many think about water conservation. People hope that by drilling a well to get water for their grass and plants, they can save the city water. But in some cases, that well water could be killing your plants.
Midland and Ector County Extension agent, Jeff Floyd, tells CBS 7 the number of permits for drilling wells tripled from 2011-2012...and that number continues to grow.
An issue with well water is it can be extremely salty and kill your plants instead of helping them.
"Some cases are marginal and not good for plant growth. We're trying to teach ways to reduce salt by mixing with municipal water or something that's called leeching," says Floyd.
Leeching is essentially flooding areas of the landscape to push salt past the root zones. Floyd also says that how you set up your landscape can help with water distribution.
If you have questions about drilling a well or landscaping you can contact the Ector County Extension Office at 432-489-4071 or email email@example.com.