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PLSD Conducting Smoke Test

Information About Smoke Testing Sewer Lines:


PLSD will smoke test its sanitary sewer lines August 11th, 2022.  The South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems will assist with this test which checks for Ground Water Infiltration into the sewer lines. Infiltration can overload the system during heavy rains. The smoke is a special non-toxic material which will not cause health problems or damage property.


If your home or business is problem free, you will not experience any smoke.  You may receive smoke if you have a faulty or blocked ventilation pipe or a dry floor drain. Adding water to drains and toilets will help prevent smoke from entering your home or business.


Homeowners can expect to see smoke coming from roof vents. Smoke found inside homes or businesses means there is a potential problem. If any smoke enters a building, persons are asked to inform the testing crew. If smoke enters your home or business, check to see where it is coming from. Opening doors and windows will allow the smoke to ventilate.




The testing is done in geographic sections. It is not possible to let property owners know the exact time for their area. We appreciate your cooperation during this test.


If you have questions regarding this procedure, please contact the Smoke Test Telephone:  605-467-1503

PLSD Moves Ahead With System Upgrades

During DANR’s April meeting, PLSD was offered an initial grant/loan package totaling $2,963,000 with a ratio of 72% grant ($2,158,000) and 28% loan ($805,000).  The loan package is at a rate of 2.125% over 30 years.  PLSD is working with Northeast Council of Governments (NECOG) and Helms Engineering to take the next steps necessary to initiate the first phase of the project that includes upgrading the system.  Surveyors have completed work at the lake to provide necessary information Helms will use to prepare the bid package for the project.  To publish the bid notice and secure bids before the next quarterly DANR Water Board meeting scheduled for September, PLSD will issue the bid notice in its official newspaper, The Reporter & Farmer, the weeks of August 22nd and 29th.  The Board will open the bids with Helms Engineering at the office on September 7th to determine what additional funds will be applied for with the supplemental funding request. PLSD will work expeditiously with Helms and NECOG to submit the necessary application paperwork to meet the DANR September 9th deadline. 

No Sump Pump Discharge After April 1st

PLSD Ordinance 13 allows sump pumps to discharge into the sanitary sewer system November 1 – April 1. Customers in need of sump pumps over the winter months should move their sump pump discharge hoses to the outside by April 1st.  Springtime ground water taxes the sewer system, so complying with the April 1st deadline helps alleviate additional burden on the system. PLSD reminds you that you must complete a sump pump permit as required by the ordinance.  You can find the permit form on our website.  

Election Day
PLSD 2021 Trustee Vacancy Filled

The election for Pickerel Lake Sanitary District Trustee, previously scheduled for Tuesday, November 2, 2021, is hereby cancelled.  The District did not receive multiple candidate petitions prior to the filing deadline.  Iver Finnesand is the only candidate who filed a nominating petition.  He will be sworn in at the November 5, 2021 meet to serve the next three-year term.

Man Holding Pipe
PLSD Pleads:  Don't Flush Wipes!

Disposable wipes have been causing problems in communities around the country and Pickerel Lake is no different. Wipes - used for changing diapers, personal hygiene, housecleaning, and more - cause major problems when flushed down toilets. Though many of these products are labeled “flushable” or “septic safe,” they are anything but. The same goes for facial tissues, baby wipes, paper towels and other products. Because they don’t break down the way toilet paper does, disposable wipes clog pipes. Wipes snag on any imperfection in sewer pipes, catch passing debris and grease, and create a “ball” that will grow to plug the pipe. They also get drawn into pumps and lift stations and clog them, causing significant damage. PLSD asks that if residents do use wipes, please put them in the trash. Don’t flush them!

Septic Tanks System Installing
PLSD Reminds You to Provide Access

As we continue to make improvements, PLSD reminds all cabin owners that you must maintain your property free of encroachments on system components such as manholes, lift stations, and clean out accesses.  Cabin owners provided an easement to PLSD when the system was constructed years ago that grants access to the property to work on the sewer system.  Examples of obstruction include landscaping, fences, arbors, lamp posts, signs, swing sets, sidewalks, retaining walls, garages, out buildings, etc.  When necessary, PLSD will remove any encroachments to gain access, as needed, at the cabin owner’s expense. 

2022 Budget Approved

The Board reviewed the proposed 2022 budget during the August meeting and voted to approve the budget as presented.  The 2022 budget reflects a rate increase of $100 per billing cycle beginning with the March 2022 invoice.  The Board voted to increase the rate by $100 to $375 each billing cycle; with the majority of the increase being allocated to the reserve & replacement fund. For more details, view the budget here.  

Data on a Touch Pad
Pump Run Times Available

As part of routine maintenance, PLSD tracks pump run times at all 13 lift stations on a weekly basis.  To establish base lines and analyze usage, the Board created a summary of pump usage for 2017-2022 using a series of line charts.  These charts will be updated quarterly and updated on the website for users to view.   The charts (updated 6/30/2022) and a map of lift stations will be maintained under the Rates and Fees section under the About Us tab.