Approximately 23% of Oregonians rely on domestic wells, or private wells, as their primary source of potable water.
This makes groundwater protection and well stewardship of high public health importance. To protect both the lifelong health of Oregonians and the state’s groundwater resources, the Oregon Domestic Well Safety Program (DWSP) focuses on improving local and state capacity to assess and manage risks associated with private wells. DWSP partners with local health departments and water information providers to further promote domestic well safety.
- September 21-25 is SepticSmart Week! Avoid well water contamination by caring for your tank. Need a visual? Check out the infographic.
- **NEW RESOURCE**: The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA)'s DWSP have partnered to release a revised 2015 Well Owner's Handbook. The new handbook now includes health information on common contaminants, testing recommendations, additional setback requirements for new construction, updated graphics, hyperlinks and more. Every well owner should have this resource in their files. Do you??
- Summer is here and drought declarations have been issued. For information and resources about drought in Oregon, visit the state's Drought webpages at drought.oregon.gov. The Water Systems Council's "Drought and your well" factsheet may also be helpful.
- NORTH COAST: Do you live in Oregon's North Coast and have a well? Free testing is available to a limited number of participants. Learn more about DEQ's Groundwater Protection Study.
- ROGUE VALLEY: Free Nitrate testing is available in the Rogue Valley! Check the Jackson Soil & Water Conservation District website for more information.
- LANE COUNTY: Marist High School (Monitoring Program) and Thurston High School (WELL Project) students in LANE County are proud to provide, as a community service, free testing to anyone who drops off samples! Marist offers nitrate testing only. Please note these tests are for screening purposes. If necessary, further testing should be performed by a certified lab.
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