During the 2021 Montana Rural Water Association convention held in Great Falls, LCWSD received two (2) awards. Beth Dotson, our District Secretary, was presented with the Clerk of the Year Award for 2019. This award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution or benefited the utility or its customers. A newcomer to the water/sewer industry it did not take her long to become familiar with our processes and the customers we serve. Her friendly, can-do attitude has been a great asset to the District.

LCWSD also received the award for the Best Drinking Water in Montana. This competition is part of a national Quality On Tap Campaign that emphasizes the high quality, standards, and consequently taste of rural water. Water samples are judged by a panel of experts on clarity, bouquet, and taste. LCWSD will now participate in the Great American Water Taste Test hosted by the National Rural Water Association in Washington, DC in the spring of 2022.This is the first year that Montana will participate in this event, and we are excited to be representing Montana in this national competition.

Winning the War

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 (, 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 .  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.

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.”