PFAS in West Plains private wells

We are working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Health, Spokane Regional Health District, Eastern Washington University, and the West Plains Water Coalition on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in groundwater in the northeast West Plains near Spokane. 

To ensure people are drinking safe water, residents in this area are eligible for no-cost sampling for PFAS in drinking water. If you drink water from a private well and live in the priority sampling area, we encourage you to sign up for no-cost PFAS drinking water sampling. The sampling is scheduled to begin March 4, 2024.

Residents drinking water from private wells in this area can sign up for no-cost PFAS sampling.

How to sign up

Complete and submit the Sampling Request Form. The form asks a few simple questions that will allow us to contact you and schedule the no-cost sampling.

What is the process?

In coordination with Ecology, the EPA will be scheduling appointments and collecting samples.

After you complete and submit the Sampling Request Form, our sampling coordinator will contact you by phone and/or email to:

  • Determine where to collect the drinking water. Our sampling team will take a sample from a drinking water source in the home, such as a kitchen faucet. If you have a treatment system, we will collect a sample of untreated water.

  • Sign a form allowing us to take a sample. The primary resident living at the home will need to sign an access form when our sampling team arrives to collect your drinking water sample. 

  • Collect the drinking water sample. Our sampling team will collect a sample at an agreed-upon date and time. Sample collection should take less than an hour. 

  • Analyze the drinking water sample. An accredited laboratory will analyze your drinking water sample for PFAS, using a strict quality control process to ensure accurate results. The current resident and homeowner will get the results by mail and email (if provided) as soon as possible, usually about one month after sampling.

What if my water has PFAS in it?

If PFAS in your water is higher than Washington’s State Action Levels, we can take interim actions such as supplying safe drinking water and point-of-use filtration systems. These efforts can help until investigation and cleanup of PFAS sources provide more permanent solutions.