SANDPOINT PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT is charged with a number of tasks. Twenty-five hard working fulltime employees are dedicated to providing the most efficient and customer friendly service possible.
The department is made of up of five divisions:
Public Works Administration - responsible for engineering, mapping, planning, and assisting the public with questions regarding area infrastructure.
Water Treatment and Distribution - the Water Division operates two surface water treatment plants. The Little Sand Creek Water Treatment Plant is on Schweitzer Road and the Lake Pend Oreille Water Treatment Plant is on Sandpoint Avenue north of City Beach . The combined treatment capacity varies from five to eight million gallons per day depending on stream flow in Little Sand Creek. Water is distributed to 2 four million gallon reservoirs before being delivered to over 4000 connections in Sandpoint, Ponderay , Kootenai, Dover and unincorporated areas of Bonner County surrounding Sandpoint.
Wastewater Treatment and Collection - through a system of fifteen sewage lift stations, thirty-five miles of sewer mains and a secondary wastewater treatment plant, the Wastewater Division is responsible for collecting sanitary sewage from within the corporate limits of Sandpoint and treating that sewage to stringent standards.
Street Division - responsible for maintaining the transportation system in Sandpoint including the storm water system. The division is responsible for maintaining approximately 55 miles of roadway.
Building Division - all building activity within the City of Sandpoint is governed by the latest edition of the International Residential Code (IRC) and International Building Code (IBC) and is required to have a building permit. In addition, all piping and appliance installation requires a permit from this division.
|Public Works Links and
|2006 Water Master Plan ( for complete version email request )
2006 Wastewater Master Plan ( for complete version email request )
2007 Little Sand Creek Watershed Master Plan ( for complete version email request )
2007 Urban Area Transportation Plan ( for complete version email request )
Sewer Collection CIP
Water Boundary Expansion Request
Water/Sewer Rate Study
(100 pages) 2009
Water/Sewer rate increase explanation 2009
Water/Sewer New User Facility Fees Rate Study
and Sewer Line Protection Programs
to Sandpoint Water/Sewer Customers
City of Sandpoint has received notification
that American Water Resources Inc. (AWR), a
subsidiary of American Water Works Company,
Inc., a private company headquartered in
Voorhees, New Jersey, will be sending direct
mailings to customers regarding their “Water
and Sewer Line Protection Programs.”
letter offers to sell customers a type of
insurance policy that would defray the cost of
repairs in the event that a customer-owned
water or sewer line should become damaged by a
break or blockage. Customer-owned service
lines are the underground water/sewer pipes
running from the home to the meter connection
for water and from the home to the sewer main
for the sewer system.
City suggests that each customer review his or
her current homeowner’s insurance policy to
verify whether and to what extent these types
of repairs are covered and make your decisions
as personally warranted. Of course, you should
always read carefully any legal document or
contract before signing.
City of Sandpoint wants customers to be aware
that neither AWR nor its “Water and Sewer
Line Protection Programs” are affiliated
with or endorsed by the City. For additional
questions regarding water and sewer service
line responsibility or repair, please contact
the Public Works Department at 263-3407.
Bike Routes and Street Markings
Sandpoint City Council recently adopted a
City-wide network of bicycle routes.
The bike route program is called "Explore
for a map showing the
adopted system, along with an explanation
sheet and a drawing that demonstrates how
vehicles and bicycles will share the road with
the new pavement markings, called sharrows.
you have any questions or concerns, please
call the Public Works Dept. at 263-3407.
Loop Interpretive Center
Selkirk Loop Interpretive Center will be
located at the Gateway Parking Lot, located
adjacent to the southbound off-ramp of the
Sand Creek Byway. The City received a
grant through the Federal Highway
Administration to construct the interpretive
center. The center will serve as a rest
area, welcome center, bike path trailhead and
interpretive center. Click
to see pictures of the proposed center.
more information on the project, email Kody
Van Dyk at email@example.com.
US 95 relocated to the Sand Creek Byway and the planned realignment of Highway 2,
it is anticipated that many of the streets in downtown Sandpoint will
shift from the Idaho Transportation Department to the City.
When the downtown streets no longer serve double-duty as state highways, it
will be an opportune time for the City to redesign these streets in order to better serve the downtown businesses, residents, and
that end, the City hired SERA Architects, who
worked for many months with community leaders,
downtown business owners, and members
public, resulting in the
Streets Plan and Design Guide. Click
to review the Plan.
Cutoff Road Project
The public is
invited to comment on the proposed improvements to Schweitzer
Cutoff Road. Click
for the drawings and information provided
Fall 2012 public meeting.
If you have comments, please email
or mail to: The Langdon Group, 250 S. Beechwood
Ave., Ste. 201, Boise, ID 83709-0944.