District Updates:

  • PLSD began emailing invoices with the September billing for customers who have provided us with an email address.


  • Please update the office with any changes in contact information, including change in ownership by completing a profile form.

PLSD Awarded Grant & Loan

PLSD successfully applied to and was placed on the South Dakota Water Plan managed by Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources (DANR) at the end of 2021.  PLSD submitted a request for financial assistance to upgrade all the main lift stations to three-phase pumps with new panels; to rebuild certain main lift vaults; and once the upgrade is completed, to expand the collection system to include the 56 leased sites on the west side of the lake.  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.  Once the package is received, the Board will work 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. We thank Harvey Jewett for volunteering his time & effort in advocating for PLSD with the Governor and DANR’s office during this process.

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 3/31/2022) and a map of lift stations will be maintained under the Rates and Fees section under the About Us tab.