Vouchers for testing well water now available
The Oregon Health Authority will provide free well water testing vouchers to private or domestic well users impacted by the 2020 Oregon wildfires.
Applications will be accepted through May 15 at https://go.usa.gov/xAycC.
Vouchers cover the cost of testing for bacteria, nitrates, arsenic and lead.
Depending on well damage, some also may qualify to test for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene as well. Sample collection costs are not covered by OHA.
All of the following criteria must be met:
• The property was impacted by the 2020 Oregon wildfires.
• The well water is used for things like drinking, bathing, cooking and washing dishes.
• The well has three or fewer connections and is not part of a regulated water system.
If demand exceeds supply, OHA will prioritize vouchers for:
• households that meet certain income thresholds.
• communities that have been historically underserved, including minorities.
• properties that had the greatest damage.
• second homes or vacation rental homes will not be prioritized but may qualify.
The intent of this project is to provide water quality testing resources to those who are recovering from wildfire impacts to their homes. Because domestic wells are unregulated, water quality testing is not always accessible to these households.
After a fire, testing the well for contaminants is an important step to assuring homes have access to safe water. If a test results indicates high levels of contaminants, OHA will provide safety information and recommendations to the well user. OHA does not regulate private wells.
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