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.
- *NEW*: One page contaminant factsheets for Arsenic, Nitrate, and Total Coliform Bacteria are now available.
- UMATILLA COUNTY & NORTH COAST: If you own a well, free well water testing may be available. More information here.
- 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??
- 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. For other testing resources, visit our Other Resources section.
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