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Domestic well testing project extended through May 15, 2023

If you sustained losses or damage due to wildfires beginning September 7, 2020, you may be eligible for disaster aid. The Oregon Health Authority is pleased to announce the availability of funds to continue providing free private well testing vouchers to property owners impacted by the 2020 wildfires.

The wildfire season of 2020 was so devastating that many communities and households were still digging out from ash and debris when the original program’s funding expired in June 2021. Even if wells were not directly damaged, or if they have already been repaired, testing the water is an important step in recovering wildfire impacted properties.

Vouchers will cover testing for Arsenic, Nitrate, Bacteria, Lead and, depending on damage assessment results, Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes.

Applications are open November 1, 2021 through May 15, 2023, while supplies last. More information and applications are online.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The property was impacted by Oregon wildfires beginning September 7, 2020.

  • The well water is used for things like drinking, bathing cooking and washing dishes.

  • The well is not part of a regulated water system.

Priority Applicants

If demand for well testing vouchers exceeds supply, OHA will prioritize vouchers for:

  • Communities of Color

  • Low income

  • Full time residential homes

  • Properties that had the greatest damage

Email with questions.

Note: You do not need to participate in the Step 2 cleanup program to qualify for OHA’s well testing voucher.



Wildfire waste and debris removal

The State of Oregon is working with federal, state and local partners to remove hazardous waste, and ash and debris from the 2020 Oregon wildfires safely, efficiently, and as quickly as possible. The Oregon Departments of Transportation, Environmental Quality and Emergency Management are leading the effort, with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assistance.

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