Teton County Residents Eligible for Septic Maintenance Cost-Share Program

Teton Conservation District and Friends of Fish Creek are partnering to promote septic system awareness and help protect our water quality. In cooperation, they are providing Teton County, Wyoming, residents the opportunity to receive a rebate for pumping septic systems which have not been maintained for the last 5 years. Friends of Fish Creek is generously funding the reimbursements of systems in the Fish Creek Watershed and the Teton Conservation District is funding the reimbursements for the remainder of Teton County.

The program provides a 50% reimbursement, up to $150, for septic system pumping in Teton County, starting now and running through June 1, 2017. Enrollments are limited and are being offered on a first come, first serve basis at septic.tetonconservation.org. Already within the first few days of the campaign, the response from county residents has been enthusiastic.

Increased development in Jackson Hole over the last decade has raised the risk of water contamination from septic systems. The primary tool to ensure long-term function of a septic system is maintenance, which is the responsibility of the homeowner. Many homeowners do not realize that The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that septic systems are pumped every 3-5 years. The consequences of failing to maintain a septic system are messy and expensive to deal with, not to mention, a human and environmental health hazard. Homeowners can learn more about septic system operation and problems on the EPA website: https://www.epa.gov/septic

This reimbursement is being offered on a first come, first serve basis with the enrollment period ending June 1st, 2017. Reimbursement requests will be accepted until June 15th, 2017. Reimbursement approval is at the discretion of the Teton Conservation District Board of Supervisors. Reimbursement will only be provided once per property. Reimbursement will occur by mail, in the form of a check. Please follow the instructions on the Teton Conservation District website (septic.tetonconservation.org) to learn how to enroll and be reimbursed for your septic system pumping.

Teton Conservation District and Friends of Fish Creek are urging Teton County homeowners to take advantage of this opportunity to maintain their septic systems at a lower cost, and enroll now at septic.tetonconservation.org.

Teton Conservation District aims to promote conservation and management of natural resources — air, land, water, vegetation, and wildlife — through watershed-based research, education, conservation practices, cooperative projects, and on-the-ground actions to ensure the health, safety and general welfare of the people and resources of this area. Learn more at: http://www.tetonconservation.org/

Friends of Fish Creek is a local, non-profit organization with a mission to protect the Upper Snake River watershed by improving and restoring water quality in Fish Creek through science-based research, community involvement, volunteer leadership, cost-effective solutions, and collaborative problem solving. Learn more at: http://fishcreekfriends.org/

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