News and Events

2017 Rates

The new monthly base rates for sewer and water services reflect an increase of 10% over 2016 rates and will be effective January 1, 2017. Monthly sewer service increases $4.54 to $49.91 and monthly base water service increases $1.18 to $12.97. Water overage rates will remain unchanged. As utility costs throughout the industry continue to rise, District staff is committed to managing costs and improving efficiencies while upholding the District’s commitment to a sustainable future. These rate changes will help ensure the continued reliability and affordability of basic sewer and water services. Visit www.libertylake.org/rates for complete rate information.

 

Liberty Lake Water Reclamation Facility Receives Statewide Award

The Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District’s Water Reclamation Facility has received the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant award for 2015. This is the 6th time that the District has received the award; 1997, 2006, 2008, 2009 2010 and 2015. This is a result of the outstanding work of Water Reclamation Facility Chief Operator Dan Grogg, Facility Operators Darrell Gamble and Chad Jennings, and Sewer Collection System Operator Derek Nesbitt. The award represents a perfect record in meeting the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit requirements for discharging to the Spokane River. This achievement is difficult to achieve and takes a great deal of work and dedication. The Department of Ecology’s October 7, 2016 News Release (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2016/127.html) states that 119 Washington wastewater treatment plants are clean water super stars and this award honors perfect performance for clean, healthy water.

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Pictured from left to right are: WRF Operator Chad Jennings, WRF Chief Operator Dan Grogg, Ecology Compliance Specialist Michael Hepp, Sewer Collection System Operator Derek Nesbitt and District General Manager BiJay Adams.

 

Blue-Green Algae Bloom Information

Updated: October 6, 2016, 10:30 am

New test results below. Lake is still not toxic, but caution is still encouraged (especially keeping pets out), as it can turn toxic at anytime…even after the surface accumulation goes away.
-Next sample will tentatively be collected Monday, October 10th.

Currently, Liberty Lake is experiencing a blue-green algae bloom. The dominant species present is Anabena, which is known to produce toxins.
These toxins can cause illness in humans, pets, waterfowl, and other animals that come in contact with the algae. Toxic blooms can kill livestock and pets that drink the water (WA Department of Health, Blue-Green Algae Program).

What should you do?

  • When in doubt, stay out!
  • Keep pets away from the water!
  • Follow the advice on the CAUTION signs posted around the lake, and seen below.

To date, all samples have shown minimal (trace) to no toxins in the waterbody (please see table below). Despite the testing that has been done, conditions can change at any time. Please treat any scummy/areas of high accumulation as potentially dangerous.

Toxicity Test Results (ug/L)

08/30/16 Ecology Anabaena Microcystin <MDL (.05)
08/30/16 Ecology Anabaena Anatoxin A 0.012
09/09/16 Ecology Anabaena/Woronichinia/Microcystis Microcystin 0.211
09/09/16 Ecology Anabaena/Woronichinia/Microcystis Anatoxin A <MDL (.01)
09/26/16 Ecology   Anabaena/Woronichinia/Microcystis Microcystin 1.4
09/26/16 Ecology   Anabaena/Woronichinia/Microcystis Anatoxin A 0.031
10/6/16 Ecology   Anabaena/Woronichinia/Microcystis Microcystin 0.4
10/6/16 Ecology   Anabaena/Woronichinia/Microcystis Anatoxin A <MDL (.01)

Human Health Criteria (WA DOH)
Anatoxin-a ≥1 ug/L
Microcystin ≥ 6 ug/L

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For more information:
Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District – 509-922-5443
Spokane Regional Health District – 509-324-1560
WA State Department of Ecology-Eastern Regional Office – 509-329-3529
WA State Department of Health