If the property's domestic water supply comes from a private well, Oregon state regulations mandate specific actions for the seller. According to Oregon state law, the seller is obligated to arrange for a well test conducted by an accredited laboratory to assess total coliform bacteria, arsenic, and nitrates. The seller must ensure that the laboratory results are reported to both the Oregon Health Authority and the buyer within a 90-day timeframe from receipt. To facilitate this process, sellers should complete the Domestic Well Testing Transaction form, available for download on the Oregon Health Authority's website. These test results remain valid for one year, but sellers must confirm that the well testing adheres to the appropriate sampling and testing protocols.
Furthermore, Oregon law requires all private wells that haven't been previously registered with the state to be registered during the property transfer process. Real estate forms commonly assign the responsibility of registering the well with the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) to the buyer. A helpful guide to the OWRD Well Identification Program can be accessed online here.
Additionally, sellers may opt to have the well tested for other potential contaminants to gain further insights into water quality, although this is not mandated by law. More info can be found here.
For comprehensive information on these state law requirements, you can refer to the provided links. To register private wells and explore more about Domestic Wells, please visit www.HealthOregon.org/wells.
Are there any contract addenda to use when selling a property with a well?
Yes, the Oregon Association of Realtors has a "Well Addendum" which should be used. We will provide you a free .pdf copy of any Oregon Association of Realtors disclosure upon submitting a flat fee MLS listing through our website. We charge a one-time fee of $95 to list your home on the MLS.