Similar to stormwater, ineffectively treated waste water can be a dangerous source of pollution. This is due to the presence of potential human pathogens, as well as high levels of nitrogen and phosphorous which can promote the growth of algae and aquatic vegetation.
LPOW monitors National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits of waste water treatment facilities that discharge effluent into our local waterways in order to ensure compliance. LPOW also reviews permit applications from treatment facilities that seek to discharge wastewater to our local waterways to ensure that proposed effluent limits are adequately protective of water quality.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has used data produced from LPOW's Water Quality Monitoring Program to help establish effluent limits for the City of Sandpoint's wastewater discharge permit as well as the discharge permit for the Kootenai Ponderay Sewer District. This is just one example of how our water quality data is being used by regulatory agencies.
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Our efforts to track storm water and waste water pollution, like the upcoming Storm Water Monitoring Program, are supported by generous community funding and citizen science. Get involved today to help LPOW protect our local waterways from these threats!
EPA - Nutrient Pollution - Wastewater
How wastewater from wastewater treatment plants and septic systems can contribute to nutrient pollution in our waterways.