The Waste Watcher Issue 77

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Written by Laura Dallas

May 15, 2019

Board Members

Jim Osman
Larry Ellis
Eric Paull
Cliff Sires
Robert Thurston

The Board meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Sewer District office starting at 6 pm. Please call the office at least one (1) week in advance if you would like to be included on the agenda.

District Office

511 Whiskey Jack Road
Sandpoint, ID 83864

MAILING
P.O. Box 562
Kootenai, ID 83840

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KPSD Operations — What does wastewater have to go through?

  1. Collections: KPSD operations staff has to maintain and protect the collection system and keep it in good working order to provide  consistent customer  service and to prevent overflows and backups. KPSD is made up of 300-plus manholes, 14-plus miles of gravity sewer main line and 14 pump stations to  collect and move the wastewater from your building to the treatment plant.
  2. Treatment: KPSD’s process takes the wastewater that was collected and treats the influent wastewater to standards set by both the EPA and the Clean Water Act for the beneficial use of the public and the environment. This consists of a pre-treatment stage to remove large solids and other undesirable substances from the wastewater; an aeration stage, where the aerobic bacteria digest the biological wastes in the wastewater; and a settling stage to allow any undigested solids to settle. This forms a sludge which must be periodically removed from the system. The final stage is the disinfecting stage. This is where chlorine or a similar disinfectant is mixed with the water to produce an antiseptic output.
  3. Re-use: What does this mean? Water is technically considered a renewable resource because it can be used over and over again and it has a “rain cycle”. However, it is only in the short-term that water can be thought of as a renewable resource, and the sustainability of this renewable resource is questionable. It is thought there will be a severe lack of drinking water over the next few centuries and this effect can already be seen today but with less severity. Although there is the same amount of water on the earth today as there was when the earth was formed, only 3% of this water is usable and this amount is decreasing as  time passes and more and more water becomes contaminated or polluted. So where does the water go after it has been treated? KPSD discharges the treated  antiseptic effluent water into an unnamed tributary to Boyer Slough, which then goes  into the lake and the river. KPSD also has taken the steps to develop a Land  Application Site to be able, during the summer months, to irrigate a crop of Poplar and Willow trees.

2018-2019 BUDGET REVISION REVIEW

2019-2020 PROPOSED BUDGETS & RATES

Budget Workshop – July 18th, 2019 from 12:00pm-2:00pm

Budgets & Rates Public Hearing – August 28th, 2019 at 5:30pm

 The above Meetings and Hearing will be held at the District office and are open to the public.  The Budget Hearing is a time for reviewing the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year and current year in process.  Part of the budget process also includes the reviewing of current rates and fees.  Quarterly sewer rates pay for the every day Operations and Maintenance portion of your District budget.  The District welcomes public attendance.

Attention Ponderay Residents:

Please be on the lookout for a mail-in survey coming your way. The City of Ponderay is considering asking voters what they think of financing new   local infrastructure projects through grant funds with local matching funds provided by a local option sales tax. We want to know what YOU think of these projects. We are considering the development of the Field of Dreams Complex (on the property formerly known as the McGhee Sports Complex) and the construction of a pedestrian underpass to provide access to Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend d’ Oreille Bay Trail. If approved by voters, these projects would be funded by a temporary 1% (or 1 cent) sales tax that automatically expires after 5 years and it would only apply to purchases totaling $999 dollars or less.

LID Billing

A reminder that your annual LID payment is due by June 19, 2019.  Please make your check payable to KPSD LID #1. Payments must be for the exact amount due or the payoff balance. If you would like a pay-off balance, please call the office.

The current billing statement is due in full by June 30th, 2019. If you would like to receive your statement electronically, please send us an email.

THANK YOU.

Laura Dallas

Laura Dallas

District Clerk

Colleen Johnson

Colleen Johnson

Business Manager

Tanner Weisgram

Tanner Weisgram

Operations Manager

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