Drinking water in the Jackson Hole region is some of the best in the country but that distinction comes with a few caveats. Take, for instance, the water in Teton Village. It is one of the cleanest in the country. An alluvial aquifer deep below Teton Village is recharged by previous years’ precipitation and snowmelt.
Yet the tap water in the Hoback Junction area is notoriously funky. So much so that many residents have simply quit drinking it, preferring to buy container water at a grocery store. High levels of nitrates are to blame in the Hoback Nation. Officials aren’t sure of any one cause but numerous septic systems in the area are likely to blame.