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Groundwater Protection and Well Stewardship

Oregon's Domestic Well Safety Program

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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.


New Resources and Events

  • The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA)'s DWSP have partnered to release a revised PDF icon2015 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?

County Events

  • LANE COUNTY:PDF iconMarist and PDF iconThurston 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.

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Basic Information about Private Wells

Find general information about domestic wells.


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Human Health & Well Water

Find information on domestic well contaminants and their effects on human health.



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Well Testing & Regulations

Find information on rules, laws, and testing tips for domestic wells.
Well testing for real estate transactions



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Well Treatment & Maintenance

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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Find a list of our partners along with other resources by topic area.

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