Water Supply Requirements
Partition and Subdivision Water Supply "Well Pump Test" Requirements
Before submitting your application for a partition, series partition or subdivision, you need to meet the applicable water supply standards within BCC 99.800 - 99.850. These standards were adopted to help ensure a safe and reliable supply of water for all users of groundwater, now and into the future. The applicant must submit evidence of a potable water supply either already existing on the property or legally available to the property (i.e. shared well or community water supply).
In order to ensure that the water supply is potable (drinkable) and in sufficient quantity to support the daily needs of a household, the county requires a water quality test and a well pump test performed within the last 12-months. Please view and print the following documents:
- Water Supply Requirements Checklist and Directions
- Pump Test Submittal Form: (check with a Planner first, (541) 766-6819 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Example Pump Test Results
- Pump Test Recovery Worksheet and Example
Please include the completed pump test form and pump test recovery worksheet and the water quality test results in your partition, series partition or subdivision application documents.
New and Existing Wells
“Water Well Owner’s Handbook," available from Oregon Water Resources Department, is an excellent source of information.
“Drinking Water Requirements for Development in Benton County” has a summary of information and good resources on water quality testing, water quantity testing for land divisions, water quantity testing for building permits, protection of well heads, and well identification requirements.
The Oregon Water Resources Department (WRD) has jurisdiction over the construction of new wells and maintains databases on existing wells and well logs. Please visit the WRD Well Construction and Compliance webpage for additional information.
According to the WRD "About Us" webpage":
"By law, all surface and ground water in Oregon belongs to the public. The Water Resources Department is the state agency charged with administration of the laws governing surface and ground water resources. The Department's core functions are to protect existing water rights, facilitate voluntary stream flow restoration, increase the understanding of the demands on the state's water resources, provide accurate and accessible water resource data, and facilitate water supply solutions. The Director of the Water Resources Department is charged with carrying out the water management policies and rules set by the Water Resources Commission and with overseeing the enforcement of Oregon's water laws." (Viewed 9/10/2015)
Finding a Well Log
- Go to www.oregon.gov/OWRD/ Under “Groundwater & Wells” click on “Find a Well Report.” On the right click on “Find a Well Report” again.
- Enter ONLY the Township, Range and Section for the property at the “Well Report Query” screen. (Enter more search criteria only if you receive too many results.)
- Click the “Search” button.
- To sort data within the well log query, click on a column heading. “Owner” is the owner when the well was drilled.
- To view the image of the well log, click on the county and number under the “Well Log” column heading.
- To print the image of the well log, select “file,” “print,” and “OK.”
- If you can’t find a well log, try searching by “County” and “Owner last name” only.