Water Quality Resources
Laclede Water District, along with other water districts along the Pend Oreille River, retrieve drinking water from the Pend Oreille River (see map for intake location). This water sustains our health and way of life. The Laclede Water District does everything in its power to treat your drinking water and keep it safe. There are, however many activities that take place on or near these waters that are out of the water district’s control. This includes hazardous waste spills, septic leaching, shoreline development, boating practices, erosion and more. Our goal is to give the public the tools they need to prevent pollution in the Pend Oreille watershed.
Some simple tips to prevent water pollution. Thank you for doing your part!
- Resist Fertilizing Within 25 feet of the Shoreline. Click here for more info: Fertilizer and Pesticide Use at Home
Fertilizer in the water promotes excessive plant and algae growth.
- Cover All Bare Soil Immediately.
Mulch and seed to prevent valuable topsoil from entering the water.
- Keep Native Plants on the Shoreline.
Native plants are low maintenance and prevent property loss due to erosion.
- Maintain your Septic System.
Have tank inspected annually and pump regularly.
- Keep Hazardous Materials Away From Flood Zones.
Oil, gasoline, antifreeze, pesticides, paint, etc. Report a spill!
- Watch Your Ash.
If you are going to burn on the beach, burn in a container and remove ash.
- Boat Responsibly.
Avoid fuel spills, follow no-wake zone rules, and clean, drain and dry all boats and gear.
To take available technical, financial, and educational resources and focus and coordinate them to meet the needs of the landuser. To learn more, visit our website.
Local communities are responsible for protecting their community’s drinking water, and as a citizen, you can directly affect the success or failure of your community’s drinking water protection efforts. You can take an active role in protecting your community’s drinking water sources by understanding where your drinking water comes from and finding out about its quality, by conserving the amount of water that you use, and learning ways to prevent your water supply from becoming contaminated.