free well water testing in Klamath Basin
Department of Environmental Quality is offering free well
water testing in the Klamath Basin as part of a groundwater
quality study, according to a news release.
DEQ will test
60 to 100 Klamath Basin wells for nitrate, arsenic,
bacteria, pesticides and other chemicals and send property
owners individual results. Knowing if contaminants exist in
well water can help residents make decisions to protect
their health and their crops.
sources of groundwater contamination include nearby failing
septic systems, current or prior application of fertilizers
and pesticides, and leaking underground fuel tanks.
are responsible for maintaining and monitoring private wells
in Oregon ó the state does not have water quality
regulations for private wells. Well water testing is only
required if the property is being sold.
provide study participants with information on proper well
maintenance, the health effects of common contaminants and
options for water treatment.
collect water samples in fall 2019 and spring 2020 and send
reports to property owners within six months to a year after
testing. Participants must have spigot access to their well
before any filtration or treatment occurs.
will be publicly available, but landowner information will
not be included in the public database.
is the sixth geographic area DEQ has studied as part of its
Statewide Groundwater Quality Monitoring Program, which
evaluates the current condition of Oregonís groundwater.
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