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2021 Leaf Pile
E-News | General News | Lake | leaf and beach

Leaf and Beach Drop Off – 2022

The Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District (LLSWD) annual fall leaf drop-off will continue with the same format in 2022, as in 2021. The District has received many positive comments from the community that they appreciated the flexibility to dispose of leaves over a longer period of time – especially when adverse weather makes it…

Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District
General News

New Rates for 2022

The Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District is a Special Purpose District owned by our rate payers. We rely solely upon utility rates to cover the cost of the services we provide. Sewer and water utilities are operated as separate enterprises, have different operation and debt service costs, and consequently have different rates. We will…

Leaf and Beach 2020
E-News | General News | Issue 02-21 | Newsletters

Leaf and Beach 2021

The 2021 annual fall leaf and beach will continue with the same format as last year with some modifications. In 2020 the District received many positive comments from the community that they appreciated the flexibility to dispose of leaves over a longer period of time – especially when adverse weather makes it difficult to address…

Backflow Assembly
E-News | General News | Issue 02-21 | Newsletters

Backflow Assembly Testing – Year One

To ensure that the water system is properly protected and that all system users receive safe drinking water, the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District (LLSWD) requires that all customers (residential, multifamily and commercial) test their backflow assemblies annually. Annual backflow assembly testing is required to ensure proper function of the assembly and protection of…

billing statement
E-News | General News | Issue 02-21 | Newsletters

Billing Matters

Free Bill Pay! Did you know the District offers free online account access and bill payment through Xpress BillPay? Paperless statements are available online by the 10th of the month, and Xpress BillPay’s auto pay option ensures timely payment of your monthly service charges. Visit libertylake.org and select Bill Pay to create a user id…

Spokane Aquifer Joint Board
Conservation | E-News | General News | Issue 02-21 | Newsletters

Wellhead Protection – Spokane

The Spokane Aquifer Joint Board (SAJB) https://www.spokaneaquifer.org/about-sajb/ is comprised of twenty-one water purveyors throughout the Spokane area dedicated to providing safe, clean drinking water to your homes, offices and industries every day. Collectively we operate 122 wells, supplying drinking water to more than 500,000 people in the Spokane area. Each purveyor draws water from the…

LLSWD Homepage
E-News | General News | Issue 02-21 | Newsletters

Newsletter and Email Distribution List

The District’s newly redesigned web-site allows the District to connect with our customers in a number of ways. The heading bar allows the user to quickly find resources and view educational news and events. Our news feed allows us to communicate more effectively with our customers to disseminate news as well as deliver critical emergency…

Water Use Efficiency – Goal Setting 2021-2027
Conservation | General News

Water Use Efficiency – Goal Setting 2021-2027

As a WA State public water provider, LLSWD is required to define goals that reduce water waste/loss on our distribution system, as well as on the customer/demand side. During our comprehensive planning efforts, which occur every 6 years, we are required to update our Water Use Efficiency (WUE) plan. This involves actionable changes to the…

dry grass
Conservation | General News

Please Reduce Irrigation and Conserve Water

With record breaking heat and the recent WA State Drought Emergency Declaration, the District would like to request customers to conserve water as much as possible so the District can continue to meet demands and provide reliable water service. Electrical outages and extreme heat on our electrical equipment (particularly our well motors) are affecting our…

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Construction Info | General News

Waterlines to be replaced from 1st and Clubhouse to Overlook and Sprague

Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District has awarded a contract to LaRiviere Inc. to replace 4,400’ of waterline within the former Eastside Liberty Lake Improvement Club water service area. LaRiviere has indicated a start date of June 25, 2021. They will begin grinding the road in preparation of starting the waterline installation on June 28,…

Backflow Prevention
E-News | General News | Issue 01-21 | Newsletters

Backflow Assembly Testing requirements in Liberty Lake

Once water enters your sprinkler system it is no longer potable (drinking) water as it can become contaminated with pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and animal waste. These contaminants can enter the sprinkler system and water supply through broken sprinkler lines or heads, fall sprinkler blow out, or a high demand event (such as a broken water…

sensus iperl radio read water meters
E-News | General News | Issue 01-21 | Newsletters

Automatic Meter Reading (AMR)

The District is implementing Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) water meters as part of its meter replacement program. Automatic meter reading, or AMR, is the technology of automatically collecting consumption, diagnostic, and status data from the water meter. This data is collected by a handheld device which is transferred to a database for billing, troubleshooting, and…

drinking water
E-News | General News | Issue 01-21 | Newsletters

What’s in your Drinking Water?

Do you know the source of your drinking water? It’s the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie (SVRP) Aquifer stretching from Lake Pend Oreille in North Idaho to west of the City of Spokane. The SVRP Aquifer was designated as a “sole source” aquifer in 1978 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Sole Source” means that the aquifer…

pills
E-News | General News | Issue 01-21 | Newsletters

Pharmaceuticals in Wastewater

Due to new assessment techniques, pharmaceuticals are now being detected in water and wastewater by scientists worldwide. There are over 20,000 prescription drug products approved for market today, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Some of these pharmaceuticals found in water have raised concerns about the potential risks they pose to both humans…

Recycle Waste Bins
E-News | General News | Issue 01-21 | Newsletters

Got Waste? Want to Recycle? Put it in the right place! – Spokane/Kootenai Waste and Recycle Directory

Not sure what to do with old household items, waste products or business materials? Are they recyclable? How about reusable? Or do the items need special handling? Find Spokane/Kootenai recycling and waste disposal providers near you, learn what you need to know to recycle right, and get detailed information about your waste and recyclables by…

Shoreline Rules
E-News | General News | Issue 01-21 | Lake Development | Newsletters

Shoreline and Watershed Development

This brief overview of rules applies to activities within Spokane County shoreline setbacks around Liberty Lake. These also apply with minor differences to other categorized shorelands in Spokane County. The shoreline setbacks on Liberty Lake range from 100-200’, depending on the shoreline environment designation assigned. There are three which apply on Liberty Lake. Minimum Buffer…

snails
E-News | General News | Invasive Plants | Issue 01-21 | Lake | Newsletters

Aquatic Invasive Species – and YOU!

Did you know that Liberty Lake is home to a few different aquatic invasive species? LLSWD is aware of three; two are plants, and one is a snail from Asia. The District actively manages the invasive plants in the lake annually via aquatic herbicide treatments and occasionally diver hand removal. Our efforts are extremely targeted…

ALERT Spokane
E-News | Issue 01-21 | Newsletters

ALERT Spokane

The LLSWD is using ALERT Spokane to notify our customers in the event of an emergency. ALERT Spokane (a.k.a. Reverse 911) is the program behind the public alert and warning messages that are disseminated throughout the greater Spokane area. The mass notification system supporting the program is called CodeRED. CodeRED can distribute emergency notifications via…

LLSWD Homepage
E-News | Issue 01-21 | Newsletters

Newsletter and Email Distribution List

Check out our new website at https://libertylake.org/. The newly redesigned web-site allows the District to connect with our customers in a number of ways. The heading bar allows the user to quickly find resources and view educational news and events. Our news feed allows us to communicate more effectively with our customers to disseminate news…

Why is Backflow prevention important?
E-News | General News | Issue 02-20 | Newsletters

Fall Sprinkler Blowout and Cross-Connection Control

This article provides information for fall sprinkler blowout activities and cross-connection control (a.k.a. backflow). Irrigation systems are exposed to contaminants such as pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and animal waste. These contaminants can enter the sprinkler system and water supply through broken sprinkler lines or heads, fall sprinkler blow out, or a high demand event (such as…

Muddy Boots Award 2019-2020
E-News | General News | Issue 02-20 | Newsletters

Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District receives outstanding water, wastewater and staff awards

2020 Best Tasting Water Award Every year the Inland Empire subsection of the American Water Works Association holds a competition for the utility’s best tasting water. Utilities in the Inland Empire subsection include the counties of Lincoln, Ferry, Spokane, Pend Oreille and Stevens County in Washington, and Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah and Shoshone County in…

Treatment Areas 2020
General News | Invasive Plants | Lake

Aquatic Invasive Plant – Annual Herbicide Treatment – Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

UPDATE 8/18 @ 4:45p: Everyone, we completed the herbicide treatment as planned without any problems. We appreciate the cooperation of all in avoiding use of boats and swimming as we worked. It was not our intention to choose one of the hottest days/weeks of the year! The 24hr Swim restriction is lifted lake-wide, tomorrow, August…

Algae Present in Liberty Lake – Stay Alert
Algae | General News | Lake

Algae Present in Liberty Lake – Stay Alert

Liberty Lake Residents and Users: For the past few weeks, there has been a minor algae bloom occuring in the lake. Over the past few days, we have not noticed it subsiding, nor has it gotten worse. However, the forecasted conditions for Saturday, July 11th, include few clouds and a high temperature of 88 degrees…

Hand holding Proclamation 20-23
E-News | General News | Issue 02-20 | Newsletters

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Utility Bill Hardship

On May 31, Gov. Inslee extended the moratorium on service disconnects and late fees through July 28 for all energy, landline telephone, and water utilities. Governor Inslee has issued Proclamation 20-23, pertaining to Utility Ratepayer Assistance and Preservation of Essential Services. Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District District is committed to keeping our customers connected…

Coronavirus
E-News | General News | Issue 02-20 | Newsletters

Reopening Reminder: Building Water Supply Health

As businesses prepare to reopen as restrictions are eased, building owners and tenants need to pay special attention to their water supply. What happens when water doesn’t move for a period of time inside the pipes? When water does not move it can become stagnant and bacteria can grow up in the pipes. If your…

Backflow Prevention
General News

LLSWD Requiring Backflow Testing

Customers of the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District will be required to annually hire a Washington State-certifed Backflow Assembly Tester to verify all residential, multifamily and commercial connections are protecting the customer and community’s water supply. The importance of backflow plays a vital role in events such as the November 2019 boil order. The…

LLSWD Homepage
E-News | Issue 02-20 | Newsletters

Newsletter and Email Distribution List

Check out our new website at https://libertylake.org/. The newly redesigned web-site allows the District to connect with our customers in a number of ways. The heading bar allows the user to quickly find resources and view educational news and events. Our news feed allows us to communicate more effectively with our customers to disseminate news…

LLSWD Homepage
E-News | General News | Issue 01-20 | Newsletters

Newsletter and Email Distribution List

Check out our new website at https://libertylake.org/. The newly redesigned web-site allows the District to connect with our customers in a number of ways. The heading bar allows the user to quickly find resources and view educational news and events. Our news feed allows us to communicate more effectively with our customers to disseminate news…

Coronavirus
E-News | General News

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As a provider of Essential Public Services, we are dedicated to maintaining the high level of service our customers expect and deserve. Internally we have taken measures to minimize risk and keep our customers and staff safe. The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on cur-rent evidence, the risk to water…

Cross Connection Control
E-News | General News

Cross Connection Control Program

A cross-connection is defined as any actual or potential physical connection between the public water system and any source that could contaminate the public water supply (i.e. plumbing fixtures, water utilizing equipment, or sprinkler systems). If improperly protected, contamination can result when a backflow event occurs; allowing contaminates to reverse flow from the fixture/equipment back…

Sewer clogged
E-News | General News

What to Flush and Not to Flush

  [row] [column lg=”7″ md=”7″ sm=”12″ xs=”12″ ] As a reminder, we do not allow the dis-posal of anything other than water and the “3 P’s” into our sewer collection system; Pee, Poo, Paper (toilet). Flushing sanitary wipes, paper towels, “flushable” wipes, diapers, etc. cause major problems to our sewer collection infrastructure. These problems result…

2020 Waterline Replacement Projects Maps
E-News | General News

2020 Waterline Replacement Projects

The Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District is planning two water system replacement projects for the 2020 construction season (see project location maps below). The essential replacement of the deteriorated water mains are intended to reduce liability and water loss from leakage, improve loss of service pressure during periods of high demand, and improve fire…

Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District
General News

Public Water and Sewer Systems are Safe and Reliable

Washington Association of  Sewer & Water Districts (WASWD) has issued a press release; reminding everyone that, “Water and sewer districts throughout the state are taking all steps necessary to continue providing safe and reliable water and sewer services for the duration of this emergency.” Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District (LLSWD) would like to highlight…

Coronavirus
General News

COVID-19 Update

We are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 to take precautions to minimize risk and keep our customers and staff safe. The District is following Washington State Department of Health, Spokane Regional Health District, and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance regarding COVID-19. We are open for business; however we encourage you to conduct your business with…

ALERT Spokane
General News

ALERT Spokane

The LLSWD is using ALERT Spokane to notify our customers in the event of an emergency. ALERT Spokane (a.k.a. Reverse 911) is the program behind the public alert and warning messages that are disseminated throughout the greater Spokane area. The mass notification system supporting the program is called CodeRED. CodeRED can distribute emergency notifications via…

Fire Hydrant
General News | Issue 02-19 | Newsletters

Fire Hydrants

There are approximately 650 fire hydrants in the District. Fire hydrant requirements are determined by the International Fire Code (IFC). Hydrants shall be located so as to be accessible to a fire apparatus and not be obstructed by any structure or vegetation or have the visibility impaired for a distance of fifty feet in the…

Sprinkler Blowout
General News | Issue 02-19 | Newsletters

Sprinkler Blow Outs

Once water enters your irrigation system it can become contaminated with lawn chemicals and bacteria. Your irrigation system is required to have adequate backflow protection. If you do not, blowing out the system can push this contaminated water back into your home’s water supply and/or the public water system. All systems that contain pumps or…

Pools
General News | Issue 02-19 | Newsletters

Pools

Did you know it is unlawful for any person to drain, run or otherwise discharge or connect unauthorized water and/or non- stormwater discharges (termed illicit discharges) to the sewer system, storm sewer system, surface waters or ground waters of the state without permission? Spokane County Code, Title 9, Chapter 9.14.215 defines discharges of unauthorized waters….

Water Meter
General News | Issue 02-19 | Newsletters

District Water Meters

[row] [column lg=”8″ md=”8″ sm=”12″ xs=”12″ ] The District owns your water meter and reads them 4 times per year. Base rate is billed monthly and water overage is billed quarterly in arrears (for water you have used). Customers are required to keep the meter vault clear of obstructions such as shrub-bery, debris, machinery, vehicles,…

Water Reclamation Facility Open House
General News | Issue 01-19 | Newsletters

Water Reclamation Facility Open House

With the recent completion of the Water Reclamation Facility Phase II Upgrade, the District is inviting the Liberty Lake community to join us in an open house where Dis-trict staff will host tours, provide education, and answer questions about our highly effective wastewater treatment process. Appetizers and light refreshments will be provided. Where: 2218 N….

Water Conservation
General News | Issue 01-19 | Newsletters

Model Efficient Irrigation and Landscape Design Standards

The District’s drinking water source is drawn from the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie (SVRP) Aquifer, a sole source aquifer that stretches from Lake Pend Oreille in North Idaho, to west of the City of Spokane. This resource is not unlimited and must be protected from contamination and overuse by us all. Landscape irrigation is the single…

Toilets Are Not Trashcans
General News | Issue 01-19 | Newsletters

What to flush and not to flush

National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ Toilets Are Not Trash cans campaign is focused on protecting the pipes, pumps, water reclamation facilities, and personnel of wastewater utilities across the nation by reducing the materials that are inappropriately flushed or drained into the sew-er system. Products such as wipes, pa-per towels, and feminine hygiene products should…

Waterline Replacement Project Map - May 2019
General News | Issue 01-19 | Newsletters | Special Projects

South Liberty Drive Waterline Replacement Project

The Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District is planning replacement of 3,180 feet of 1960’s deteriorated water main in South Liberty Drive between the end of South Lilac Lane to East Liberty Creek Road 500 feet past the intersection of East Tum Tum Drive (see project location map below). The replacement of the deteriorated water…

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General News | Issue 01-19 | Newsletters

Recycle Hazardous Wastes

Hazardous wastes should not be flushed down the toilet. The District’s treatment plant is a biological process and does not remove some hazardous chemicals. Many chemicals found in hazardous products are toxic. When these products are thrown into the garbage, on the ground, or down storm drains they persist in our environment. This can pollute…

water rates
General News

2019 Rates

The Board of Commissioners of Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District has the legal authority, as established by Washington State law, to determine fees and set rates. The new monthly base rates for sewer reflect an increase of 10% over 2018 rates and will be effective January 1, 2019. The new monthly base rates for…

Liberty Lake Algae Bloom Research
General News | Issue 02-18 | Newsletters

Liberty Lake Algae Bloom

The District previously wrote three articles for the Liberty Lake Splash and the District’s biannual newsletter discussing the algae conditions in Liberty Lake observed in 2015 and 2016 (Lake Management and LLSWD’s role, August 2016; A Closer Look at Blue Green Algae, October 2016; and Lake Studies in Motion, Spring 2017). These articles focused on…

Recycle Waste Bins
General News | Issue 02-18 | Newsletters

Spokane-Kootenai Waste Directory

Not sure what to do with old household items, waste products or business materials? Are they recyclable? How about reusable? Or do the items need special handling? There is a online tool to help businesses and residents dispose of wastes. The Spokane-Kootenai Waste Directory is an interactive on-line database that lets individuals and small businesses…

Shoreline Rules
General News | Issue 01-18 | Newsletters

Shoreline Rules

This brief overview of rules applies to activities within Spokane County shore- line setbacks around Liberty Lake. These setbacks range from 100-200’, depending on the shoreline environment designation. There are three which apply on Liberty Lake. Minimum Buffer Width (feet from ordinary high water mark- OHWM) Shoreline Residential: 100’ Rural Conservancy: 150’ Natural: 200’ Any…

Water Hardness
General News | Issue 01-18 | Newsletters

Water Hardness

We often get calls about the hardness of our water. The simple definition of water hardness is the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water. Perhaps you may have noticed mineral deposits on your dishes, coffee pot, faucets/aerators or shower/bathtub. Mineral deposits are formed by ionic reactions resulting in the formation of an…

Water Meter
General News | Issue 01-18 | Newsletters

Your Water Meter

With hundreds to read daily, our meter readers must be able to quickly access your water meter. This ensures accurate and timely readings so that your utility account will be charged correctly. Every time a meter reader can get a quick and accurate reading on the first visit to a property helps keep utility costs…

Excavator Working On Construction
General News | Issue 01-18 | Newsletters

Eastside Water System Improvement Project Construction

LLSWD is currently installing larger water mains and improved connectivity and valving in the former East Side Liberty Lake Improvement Club (Eastside) water system area, beginning April 9th, 2018. There will be some local impacts to traffic flows. The impacts are mitigated by the detour routes set in place per the City of Liberty Lake…

Water Reclamation Facility Chief Operator Dan Grogg, Facility Operators Darrell Gamble and Greg Sattler, and Wastewater Collection System Operators Mike West, Derek Nesbitt, and Cody Riggs
General News

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 2017. This is the 7th time that the District has received the award; 1997, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2017. This is a result of the outstanding work of Water…

Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District receives EPA’s WATERS Award
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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…