Domestic Water Well and Surface Water System Assessment
The Potable Water Resources Task Force, part of Oregon's state-led wildfire recovery efforts, has launched a survey to learn how the Labor Day wildfires have impacted private drinking water wells and surface water systems. If you rely on a private well or surface water system for your domestic water, please take five minutes to
complete the survey to help us understand damage caused by the 2020 wildfires.
Post-Fire Wildfire Recovery Information
The September 2020 wildfires impacted many public and private water systems, with immediate effects to infrastructure and equipment used for treatment, storage, and distribution. For general information and resources for drinking water supply recovery, visit
Oregon’s Wildfire Response webpage.
The Department has developed a handout on
Post-Fire Water Right Considerations and a handout on
Maintaining Your Wells After Wildfire.
Private Water Well Resources
If you need to have your water well inspected or are looking for a licensed professional to repair, replace, or abandon your water well, please visit the WRD driller database. For licensed contractors to work on water pumps or electrical to inspect or repair the wires, visit the Construction Contractors Board database and the Building Codes database
The federal government can also provide resources to assist with private water well repairs. The US Department of Agriculture Rural Development program offers
Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants to low-income homeowners. Loans of up to $40,000 may be used to repair, improve, or modernize homes, including private water wells, and grants up to $10,000 are available to low income seniors (age 62 or older) to remove health and safety hazards. The Federal Emergency Management Administration has also issued
a press release related to potential funding assistance for private well damage.
The Rural Community Assistance Corporation also offers
free drinking water well assessments and low interest
Household Water Well System Loans up to $18,000 to construct, refurbish, or replace individual water well systems.