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DEQ seeks comment on a draft water reuse permit renewal for Kootenai School District

Accepting comments from July 15, 2021, through August 16, 2021.

KOOTENAI COUNTY —The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft water reuse permit renewal for the Kootenai School District in Kootenai, Idaho.

Kootenai School District #274 collects municipal wastewater from school buildings and operates a municipal wastewater treatment and reuse facility. The district applies approximately 1.7 million gallons per year of Class C recycled water to 5.7 acres of grass hay during the growing season.

The draft permit would allow the facility to continue irrigating with recycled water for a period of five years and establishes monitoring requirements, limits on nutrient and hydraulic loading, and buffer zones established by DEQ to protect public health and the environment. As part of the permitting process, the facility was required to show that its operation would not cause public health or environmental concerns.

Written comments on the draft permit will be accepted through August 16, 2021, at 5 p.m. PDT.

The draft permit and staff analysis are available for public review at DEQ’s State Office (1445 N. Orchard Street), DEQ’s Coeur d’Alene Regional Office (2110 Ironwood Parkway), and on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page.

Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:

Chris Westerman
Senior Water Quality Engineer
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
chris.westerman@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Draft Permit
Staff Analysis

Public Comment Form

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