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Domestic Well Safety
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.
  • Just as you check your furnace or smoke detector batteries seasonally, the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) and OHA suggest that  spring is a good season to have an annual water well checkup before the peak water use season begins. Check our Testing page for more information on how to test as well as our Health and Well Water page for common contaminants that could be present in your water.

  • The rainy season is upon us! The Public Health Division now has a *NEW resource* available to help you stay safe in case of flood: What to do when your well is flooded.
  • The DWSP's Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) period has CLOSED. Applications for 2015 will be announced in Fall 2014.



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Our program is currently working on making high quality environmental hazard data available for all areas in Oregon where domestic wells are located.
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