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Eastside Consolidation Construction update

Effective January 1, 2017, the boards of Eastside Liberty Lake Improvement Club and Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District formalized an agreement on consolidating the two water systems. Eastside’s water system (325 customers) is now owned, operated and maintained by the District as part of the District’s water system.

The District was successful in working with the Washington State Department of Health and Department of Commerce to transfer an existing Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Loan from Eastside to the District. This new loan scope includes consolidation and provides for improvements to the water mains and distribution system in the Eastside Water Service Area. The new consolidation loan transferred to the District offers no loan fees, an interest rate of 1.0% per annum, and 50% forgivable principal where only 50% of the loan would need to be repaid.

Unfortunately in July 2017 the loan was suspended by the State due to lack of funding after the legislature recessed without passing a 2017-19 capital budget. In January 2018 the legislature passed a capital budget and authorized DWSRF capital funding. Now that the suspension is lifted the District can continue with the previously scheduled work on the Eastside system. The construction of the new water mains reflected in the map below is anticipated to start as soon as weather allows this year and will continue for approximately 3 ½ months. For more information please contact the District at 922-5443.

2018 Rates

The new monthly base rates for sewer and water services reflect an increase of 10% over 2017 rates and will be effective January 1, 2018. Monthly sewer service increases $4.99 to $54.90 and monthly base water service increases $1.30 to $14.27. 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 Sewer and Water District receives EPA’s WATERS Award

The EPA Region 10 WATERS award program seeks to recognize exceptional DWSRF projects, nominated by state DWSRF staff, that help borrowers maintain, or return to, compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, as well as achieve one or more elements of the WATERS award. Those elements include projects that: are Well-planned, address Affordability issues, are Transferable to other communities, provide benefits for water or energy Efficiency, as well as add Resiliency and/or Sustainability attributes.

WATERS AWARD Winners (SFY 2017)
The Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District (LLSWD), which serves residents near Spokane, Washington, used a $905,465 DWSRF loan to consolidate the East Side Liberty Lake Improvement Club (ESLLIC). This water system was incorporated in 1945 and serves approximately 300 residents. The two systems already had an intertie, and a contractual relationship for LLSWD to operate and maintain the ESLLC water system. The project included upgrades to the existing intertie, replacement of old and undersized distribution mains, and abandonment of two primary wells for ESLLC. The consolidation project was made significantly more affordable by provision of 50% principal forgiveness, which brought the base water rates down from $50.76 to $18.52.

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.