Groundwater
Bannock County Groundwater

Permits & Regulations Toolbox


  • Do I need a permit?
  • What are some of the regulations that are in effect to protect groundwater?

Use the information and links below to find out which regulations may apply.


Septic Systems

Septic systems leach bacteria and nutrients. Careful consideration of their location relative to wells, ground water and other septic tanks is important for the quality of our drinking water.

  • Are you applying to install a new septic system?
  • Are you maintaining an existing septic system?

Southeastern Idaho Public Health

www.sdhdidaho.org/env/env_septic_landing_page.php — Regulations and permitting requirements for septic system siting and installation in Bannock County, Pocatello, and Chubbuck.

Bannock County

New septic systems for single family residential structures are NOT permitted if the property is within the Chubbuck Area of City Impact and within 300’ of an existing sewer line. Additional connection requirements may apply to multi-family, commercial, or industrial development. Failed septic systems will be required to connect to the existing sewer if the property is within the Chubbuck Area of City Impact and the property line is within 300’ of the existing sewer.

City of Pocatello and City of Chubbuck

New septic tanks are NOT permitted when the property line is within 300’ of an existing sewer line.


Culinary Water

Public water systems are regulated by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. For licensure and system requirements, see www.deq.idaho.gov/water-quality/drinking-water.aspx  


Hazardous and Combustible Materials

Many businesses and some households may handle hazardous materials. Properly designed storage facilities and proper disposal can ensure that these contaminants don’t get into our drinking water or streams, even if they are spilled.

Department of Environmental Quality

www.deq.idaho.gov/permitting.aspx — Regulations and permitting requirements for the storage and disposal of hazardous materials in Idaho.

Pocatello Fire Department

www.pocatello.us/fire/fire_permits.htm — Regulations and permitting requirements for storing combustible materials in Pocatello.

Bannock County Landfill

www.bannockcounty.us/waste


Storm Water

Storm water can contain oil, metals, nutrients, sediment, and bacteria. Properly designed storm water facilities can keep these contaminants out of our drinking water and out of our streams.

  • Are you planning a project that will disturb the ground on the property?
  • Will you be adding onto your structure or enlarging your parking lot?

Pocatello Storm Water Requirements

www.pocatello.us/se/se_stormwater.htm — Water facility design requirements for Pocatello, Chubbuck and Bannock County.

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