Domestic Well Safety Information
Nearly 1/4 of all Oregonians rely on private, domestic wells as their primary source of drinking water.
Domestic wells are not regulated like public water systems in Oregon. This page is provided as a resource for private well owners to aid them in maintaining and protecting their domestic water source.
Marion County Environmental Health is offering free well testing for arsenic and nitrate.
We have a limited amount of tests available and our goal is to target the areas of Marion County where these contaminants have been identified. The target areas of the county are:
- North County: including North Salem, Brooks, Gervais, Hubbard, Woodburn and Aurora
- East County: including Gates, Idanha, Detroit, Mill City and Lyons
The free testing is available to property owners in these areas who get their drinking water from a private/domestic well.
Contact us at
503-588-5346 to participate.
Two focus group meetings for homeowers with private wells are scheduled in Marion County. The meetings will be hosted by Oregon State University and Oregon Health Authority's Domestic Well Safety Program. The first meeting is in Salem on June 10th. The second meeting is in Woodburn on June 13th.
General Information about Private Wells
Oregon Health Authority - Domestic Well Safety Program
EPA - About Private Water Wells
OHA DWSP - Human Health & Well Water
EPA - Human Health and Contaminated Water
Well Testing & Regulations
OHA DWSP - Well Testing & Regulations QNA
Well Maintenance & Treatment
OSU Well Water Program - Water Treatment
OHA DWSP - Well Treatment & Maintenance