The September 2020 wildfires impacted many public and private water systems, with immediate effects to infrastructure and equipment used for treatment, storage, and distribution. Potential long-term changes threaten source water quality from related fire damages to the landscape in watersheds that supply drinking water.
Resources on this page can assist local jurisdictions and property owners in recovering potable (safe to drink; drinkable) water resources and infrastructure lost from wildfires. For information, questions or concerns about water quality, from intake to the kitchen sink. Contact the Potable Water Resources Task Force:
For all water users
For private well owners
For public water providers
- Public Water System Circuit Rider: Free technical assistance for eligible water systems: Marlin Gochnour, PE, MBA - President Civil West Engineering Services, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-266-8601
Business Oregon: Business Oregon has funding resources to help communities address potable water challenges as a result of wildfire. Funding for technical assistance and construction is currently available.
Oregon Water Resources Department: For those looking at longer term water supply solutions (i.e., non-immediate replacement), the Oregon Water Resources Department has two funding opportunities that may be of interest
Feasibility Study Grants - Reimburse up to 50 percent of the costs of studies to evaluate the feasibility of developing water conservation, reuse, and storage projects. This competitive funding opportunity helps individuals and communities investigate whether a project is worth pursuing.
Water Project Grants and Loans – This competitive funding opportunity covers up to 75 percent of implementation costs for projects that meet water supply needs and result in public economic, environmental, and social/cultural benefits.
- For more information about Water Resources Department funding, contact Kim Ogren.
More information on wildfire recovery in Oregon
OHA-Drinking Water Services Wildfire Resource Page
DEQ – Wildfire Response Page Wildfire effects on air, land and water
DEQ – Source Water Assessment and Protection Impacts on drinking water sources
Impacts to Natural and Cultural Resources (https://wildfire.oregon.gov/pages/natural-resources.aspx) watershed assessment and restoration
OHA – Domestic Well Program - Information for Private Well Owners
OWRD –Well Construction Program – Well construction and maintenance information for Well Owners
OWRD – Water Rights – Post-Fire Water Right Considerations
Frequently needed contacts
Potable Water Resources Task Force – For information, questions or concerns about water quality, from intake to the kitchen sink. Contact: email@example.com
Emergency Management Contacts – Contact information for County and City Emergency Management
OHA Drinking Water Services – Contact information for public water supplies
State Funding Opportunities: Business Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority – Regional Contacts for Funding
Watershed Assistance for public water supplies: DEQ Drinking Water Protection Program
VOC Sampling Assistance: Russ Kazmierczak, R.G. OHA Technical Services and Source Water Protection Specialist Russell.firstname.lastname@example.org or Cell: 971-599-0121
Domestic Well Testing: Domestic.email@example.com or 971-673-0440
Well Construction and Compliance – Maintaining Your Well After Wildfire: Travis Kelly Well Construction Program Coordinator Travis.N.Kelly@oregon.gov or 503-302-8618 https://go.usa.gov/xGJ2H