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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.



News
  • Summer is here and grought declarations have been issued. For information and resources about drought in Oregon, visit the Water Resources Department's Drought Watch page. 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.
  • If you are interested in receiving and sharing updates about private wells in Oregon and the DWSP, join our mailing list!
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Find general information about domestic wells.
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Find information on domestic well contaminants and their effects on human health.
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Find information on rules, laws, and testing tips for domestic wells.
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Find information on how to treat and maintain a domestic well.
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Find resources on how to properly construct and operate a domestic well.
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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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Find a list of our partners along with other resources by topic area.