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.
- LANE COUNTY:Marist and Thurston High Schools are offering FREE well water testing. See each school's flyer for specifc dates and details. For other testing resources, visit our Other Resources section.
- Naturally ocurring fluoride in drinking water FAQ
- Lead contaminated water has been in the news across the nation. Learn more about Lead and your private well.
- One page contaminant factsheets for Arsenic, Nitrate, and Total Coliform Bacteria are now available.
- JACKSON COUNTY: Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation District offers FREE testing on Tuesdays from 8:30-9:30 am at their office. Any community member may bring a private well water sample for rapid nitrate testing.
- 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??
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