Free private well testing available

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Are you part of the one in four Oregonians who get their drinking water from a domestic well? This summer, Benton County’s Domestic Well Safety Program is offering free testing for Benton County residents with private wells.

There are nearly 10,000 wells in Benton County, many of which have not been tested. Contaminants may be present in well water from both natural and manmade sources, and the best way to find out if your well water is safe for you and your family is by testing.

Program participants will receive:

  • free water testing for some of the most common well contaminants (nitrates, arsenic and bacteria);
  • an inspection of the outside of the well and hazards around the well;
  • a letter summarizing their test results and the possible health risks of drinking contaminated water; and,
  • recommendations to fix water contamination issues so their water is safe to drink.

Benton County Environmental Health has been able to test nearly 150 wells in previous years, and this year they are testing 40 more. Benton County is accepting applications for the program now through August 17, 2018.

To apply for this voluntary program or to get more information about domestic well safety call 541-766-6841 or visit https://www.co.benton.or.us/health/page/domestic-well-safety-program.