LCWSD OFFICE – LAKESIDE, MONTANA

Winning the War

Montana’s “stay at home” and “self-quarantine” efforts are indeed paying off. Montana has the lowest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per capita and the fewest COVID-19 hospitalizations per capita in the United States.

As restrictions are being lifted, LCWSD will resume normal operating hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Monday through Friday. Our office has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and we continue to practice physical distancing protocols to ensure a safe environment. As always, payments can be mailed, paid on-line at our website (www.lcwsd.com), dropped through our payment slot at the LCWSD office or the First Interstate Bank in Lakeside, or paid in person.  If you need to contact LCWSD, please call 406-844-3881 or e-mail info@lcwsd.net .  We will do our best to address your needs, while maintaining safe distances.

Our Operators continue to monitor and maintain our systems. Again, we request that distancing protocols be respected as our operators go about their daily activities.

The COVID-19 virus is not gone from Montana, but we are winning the war. Let us all be careful and proactive in maintaining distances and keeping Montana safe.

COVID-19

According to the EPA the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low.  Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.  LCWSD is actively monitoring our water system and testing and analyses are ongoing.

There is no higher priority than protecting the health and well-being of our customers and staff.  LCWSD is complying with the recommendations set forth by the EPA and has instituted steps to help protect our team and customers alike.

The LCWSD office is closed to the public; however, we are working and are available for phone consultation and/or electronic interaction.  Payments can be mailed, paid on-line at our website (www.lcwsd.com), or dropped through our payment slot at the LCWSD office.

Our Operators are on duty monitoring and maintaining our systems.  While we strive to work closely with our customers, our team has been advised to suspend any physical contact and to keep a safe distance away from others.  We will not be entering homes to service meters.  Service cut-offs have been discontinued. Penalties for nonpayment will not be assessed during this time.

If you need to contact LCWSD, please call 406-844-3881 or e-mail info@lcwsd.net .  We will do our best to address your needs, while maintaining safe distances.

To help keep household plumbing and our wastewater infrastructure operating properly, please only flush toilet paper.  Disinfecting wipes and other items should be disposed of in the trash (even if they say flushable), not the toilet.

We encourage you to visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lcwsd.net/.  We will be posting important messages on this site.  Once you have accessed our Face book page, please “like” the page and share with local friends to get the word out.

A Celebration of Success

The Montana Rural Water Association recently named Rodney Olson the 2018 Manager of the Year at their annual conference in February. The following comes from their presentation of the award.

“This year’s awardee is a manager by name, but a leader by example.  As one who oversees the operations, our awardee is also someone who works among his employees – striving for staff to work with him, not just for him.  This manager’s well-organized style is always open to ideas from staff and board members.

Our recipient has continued to be involved with the steady growth of the community and as manager, has continued a progressive outlook for the future of the utility. Ensuring a connection with the community’s extensive customers, he provides an outreach of water system information through various communication methods including the utility’s website and on-site presentations for customers and youth groups.

Using a keen sense to manage operation and maintenance of an extensive system, tackling expansion challenges, maintaining regulation compliance and ensuring system operators are up to date with training and certification, are just some of the ingredients that he has assisted with to put the utility ahead of the game.

The 2018 Manager of the Year is awarded to Rodney Olson, with the Lakeside County Water & Sewer District.”