New Potable Water Resource Task Force

Posted on March 4, 2021

A key component to rebuilding after the wildfires is making sure Oregonians have access to safe drinking water. To make
sure this work is prioritized efficiently, a cross-functional task force has been created. The Potable Water Resource Task
Force (PWTF) provides collaborative oversight for all wildfire-related issues and actions surrounding potential impacts to
drinking water. Led by the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon
Office of Emergency Management, this group is focused on three main objectives:

  • Support restoration of watersheds that provide or impact drinking water sources.
  • A key component to rebuilding after the wildfires is making sure Oregonians have access to safe drinking water. To make
  • sure this work is prioritized efficiently, a cross-functional task force has been created. The Potable Water Resource Task

Force (PWTF) provides collaborative oversight for all wildfire-related issues and actions surrounding potential impacts to
drinking water. Led by the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon
Office of Emergency Management, this group is focused on three main objectives:

Initial steps include assessing impacted public water systems to identify any recovery needs, testing public water systems
for the presence of fire-related pollutants and soliciting applications from private well owners for free testing and other
support. More information will be provided in the coming weeks as the task force continues its work.

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