OUR DRINKING WATER IS AT RISK!
SEPTIC SYSTEMS CAN CAUSE NUTRIENT AND BACTERIAL CONTAMINATION OF OUR GROUNDWATER — OUR ONLY SOURCE OF DRINKING WATER.
As a headwaters community of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, our outstanding water resources deserve the best protection — equal to the value they provide our community.
Unfortunately, many of the septic systems in Teton County are improperly managed and do not provide the level of treatment necessary to adequately protect public health, and surface and groundwater quality.
Teton County released draft Small Wastewater Facility (septic system) Regulations for Public Comment.
The regulations need to be STRONGER in order to protect our sole source aquifer.
• The Public Comment period is open until Monday, December 20, 2021.
• A Virtual Public Meeting will be held Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 6:00 PM via this Microsoft Teams meeting link: bit.ly/3xisYk9
or call in (audio only): 307-314-3198, Phone Conference ID — 733 171 863#
• A Public Hearing will be held during the regular meeting of the Teton County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 9:00 AM where the draft regulations will be presented for consideration of approval. Join the Virtual meeting via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88635267367
or call in: 1.669.900.6833, Meeting ID — 886 3526 7367
POWJH is taking a leadership role to ensure the proposed rules protect drinking water and the environment. View our detailed comments here.
THE TIME TO SPEAK UP IS NOW!
LET THE COUNTY KNOW YOU WANT CLEAN WATER AND SUPPORT POWJH PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO THE REGULATIONS.
We’ve identified three primary concerns that we would like to see addressed:
1. The regulations should apply to all existing septic systems.
The proposed rules will not apply to systems that are failing, have been approved but not yet built, or found to violate prior regulations. These systems will be allowed to continue to pollute and degrade our water quality.
2. The proposed rules do not address the need for a septic system inspection program.
Poorly maintained and failing systems are allowed to continue polluting our groundwater forever. Even with regular inspections and maintenance, the average lifespan of a septic system is 20 to 30 years. In some cases, failing septic systems have made our residents’ drinking water undrinkable, yet the proposed amendments do not address that problem despite the serious health threat. These regulations need to include a framework of shared responsibility that requires homeowners to inspect and maintain their systems and enables Teton County to administer a program for compliance.
3. The proposed rules do not sufficiently protect public drinking water.
Teton County has failed to complete Source Water Protection Plans (SWPPs) for most of our 113 Public Water Systems. The proposed regulations contain an essential provision that requires additional levels of protection and higher levels of performance for septic systems placed in areas that may impact public water supplies. However, those areas can only be determined by creating SWPPs.
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Provide written public comment to:
• Ted VanHolland | [email protected]
• Board of County Commissioners | [email protected]
Teton County Sanitarian & Board of County Commissioners
P.O. Box 3594
Jackson, WY 83001
Additional information from Teton County staff and the draft regulations are available here –
The current Teton County Small Wastewater Facility (septic system) Regulations were approved in 2010. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WYDEQ) released an updated and restructured set of state-wide Small Wastewater Facility (SWF) rules (Chapter 25 of the Water Quality Rules and Regulations) in June 2016.
The Delegation Agreement between Teton County and WYDEQ requires that delegated entities (Teton County, in this case) maintain permit regulations, and design and construction standards that are at least as stringent as the equivalent State standards. The Delegation Agreement currently in effect was executed in 2018 and indicated that the County intended to revise the 2010 SWF regulations to comply with the 2016 WYDEQ Chapter 25.