In 1968, the Syringa Heights Water Association was created to help 150 households outside the boundaries of the city of Sandpoint jointly fund a water system. The members used a federal grant to build the system.
In 1982 the association reformed itself as a water district, a legal, separate entity as described in Idaho Code. It did so to grow the system and to establish a legal relationship with the city of Sandpoint.
Sandpoint annually sells about 17,000,000 gallons of water (as of 2019) to Syringa Heights Water District. The city considers Syringa to be a “large user” and charges Syringa water rates according to that class. Any quantity of water that Syringa uses over that amount is charged by the city at the next highest rate.
Currently, the system has 217 billed users as of January 2021. New connections are available. The “equity fee” is approximately $6200. That’s what it costs to buy into the system which has been paid for by all the current and past water users since 1969. Even when you factor in a new user’s costs of tapping into our water mains, paying for the new meter and bringing the water to his or her house, it is still a remarkably good deal, compared to locating water and then digging a well and hoping to find water.