Resources for Homeowners
Teton Valley residents generally enjoy very high quality drinking water. This is due in part to the low density, rural population, the location high in the headwaters of the Teton Mountain range, and the relatively low-impact land uses that occur. We believe that the only way to ensure good water quality and quantity for future generations is to implement measures now to protect this valuable resource.
As a homeowner, there are a number of ways to actively work to protect Teton Valley’s water resources now and into the future. This includes properly disposing of household hazardous waste, performing regular maintenance on individual septic systems, testing your drinking water source, and taking steps to conserve water inside and outside of your home.
While most Teton Valley residents enjoy high quality drinking water, FTR’s nitrate testing program has shown increasing levels of nitrates in private wells across Teton Valley, with some concentrated areas showing elevated nitrates. Nitrate is one of the most common groundwater contaminates in Idaho and can be caused by leaking septic systems (yours or your neighbors), personal or commercial fertilizer, or animal waste. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare recommends that all Idaho private well owners test for nitrates annually.
FTR offers free nitrate testing for private well owners at twice a year, once in the spring and again in the summer. This provides private well owners important information on nitrate levels in their well as well as invaluable data for FTR’s monitoring purposes.