Domestic Well Safety Program
Benton County Environmental Health is offering free private well water testing in Benton County!
For most Oregon residents, accessing clean and safe water is as simple as turning on the faucet. For others, (approximately 23%) who rely on private domestic wells for their drinking water, this task does not come as easily. Man-made and naturally occurring contaminants can be present in Oregon’s drinking water. Without testing, one cannot be certain that water from their private domestic well is safe.
The best way to know if your well water is safe is to get it tested! Volunteer for our program to find out if your water is safe for you and your family to drink.
Not sure if your drinking water comes from a private well? If you don’t receive a water bill, it is likely your drinking water comes from a private well.
Volunteers will receive:
- Free water testing for nitrates, arsenic and bacteria (total coliforms and E. coli)
- Inspection of the outside of the well and hazards around the well (with permission from property owner)
- A letter summarizing your test results and health effects related to contaminants.
- Recommendations to fix water contamination issues.
- Additional well safety tips and resources.
- A coupon for discounted testing in the future.
How to Sign Up
To participate in the program you must live in Benton County, receive your drinking water from a private domestic well, and have permission from the homeowner.
The Domestic Well Safety Program would like to prioritize individuals who may experience barriers to accessing water testing services, including people who are low-income, 65 + years of age, experience a pre-existing medical condition, or speak a language other than English as a primary language.
To apply for the program between now and August 17, 2018, or for more information about testing and treating your well, please contact the Benton County Environmental Health Department or call 541-766-6841