Septic Incentive Program

Many residences in Teton County, ID use individual septic systems to treat household waste water.  If you are a homeowner outside of city limits, it is your responsibility to regularly maintain your septic tank to ensure that it is working properly. Septic systems that are not working properly or that are not regularly maintained can lead to contaminated groundwater.

Ground water contamination by poorly or untreated household wastewater poses dangers to drinking water and the environment. Malfunctioning septic systems can release bacteria, viruses, and chemicals that can be toxic to people and animals. When these pollutants are released into the ground, they can make their way into drinking water sources and cause drinking water wells to become contaminated. They can also eventually enter streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands, causing harm to fish, wildlife, and plants.

The Septic Incentive Program offers an incentive to encourage Teton County, ID residents to perform regular maintenance on individual septic systems, prevent ground water contamination, and ultimately protect Teton County’s drinking water sources, as recommended in the Teton County Source Water Protection Plan.

FTR has launched the Septic Incentive Program for the second year in a row.  Teton Valley residents have the opportunity to receive a reimbursement on septic pumping services for septic tanks that have not been maintain in over 3 years.  The 2018 Septic Incentive Program is made possible by a grant from Teton Springs Foundation.  This program will offer a $50 reimbursement for septic pumping services on a first come, first served basis until August 1st, 2018 or until program funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first.