Drinking Water Program
|Water is the most important natural resource on Earth. Ensuring that the water used for human consumption, such as for drinking, cooking,and hand washing is of utmost importance to Eastern Idaho Public Health.
Public Water Systems
By definition, any water system that has at least fifteen (15) service connections or regularly serves an average of at least twenty-five (25) individuals daily at least sixty days out of the year is a Public Water System (PWS). In Idaho, if a water supply meets the definition of a PWS, it is required to be regulated by the local public health districts. The health district fulfills this regulation requirement by conducting sanitary surveys, aiding with monitoring compliance requirements, and by providing technical assistance to both the PWS and to private residences. A monitoring schedule is written for the PWS, reflecting the water system's classification. Monitoring the water protects not only the public that uses the system but it also protects the water purveyor from liability that may result if someone were to get sick from using the system.
Emergency Preparedness for Public Water Systems
Private Water Systems (Wells/Springs)
Wells can provide high-quality drinking water, and about half of the U.S. population receives its drinking water from well. But with well ownership comes the responsibility of keeping the water well in good working order. While Eastern Idaho Public Health does not have jurisdiction over private water systems, we do provide technical support and resources to help well owners ensure their water is safe for consumption.
For More Information
For general information about Eastern Idaho Public Health's Public Water Systems program, please contact:
Environmental Health Program
Eastern Idaho Public Health
1250 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
Or, you can contact the Environmental Health Specialist in your county
EIPH Office Locations
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