North Idaho Land comes in a variety of shapes, and sizes. An assortment of topography, an assortment of trees and other outstanding features. But beneath it all you still need water. The source of life. So where does the water come from in North Idaho and Eastern Washington?
The Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer formed during the last ice age, 12,000 to 20,000 years ago, when massive floods spread across northern Idaho and eastern Washington. The Spokane floods occurred when an ice dam holding back 500 cubic miles of water in Glacial Lake Missoula broke. Waters raced across the land, dropping sands, gravels and boulders. Scientists believe these floods may have occurred dozens of times.
The aquifer lies below 325 square miles of land surface in northern Idaho and eastern Washington, and is the sole source of drinking water for the region’s 450,000 people.
The aquifer is composed of glacial out wash–sands, gravels and cobbles. It is extremely permeable, high in groundwater velocity and susceptible to contamination. Coeur d’Alene Lake and the Spokane River contribute about one-third of the water flow in the aquifer. Precipitation contributes another third. The lake watersheds of Hayden, Spirit, Twin, Hauser and Pend Oreille provide most of the additional flow crossing the state line.
So maybe you buy that land without water already on it. You have a multitude of options around here depending on where you buy. Sometimes you may need to drill a well – please check out the link for the list of licensed well drillers to find one in the area that you are buying in.
Otherwise some of the bigger rural subdivisions have a community system that everyone pays into and all share or if you go in town you will have town water. All coming to and from our great aquifer.
Licensed Idaho Well Drillers
For the most part our water in this area is excellent. We do have a few pockets of areas North of the Aquifer though that the water is not so great. We have quite a few prehistoric forests under our ground up North and depending upon where they are in the decomposition phase can greatly affect your water. Your local well driller should be able to advise you on the quality of water and as your Real Estate Agent I do have a pretty good idea of the areas that you are going to want to be a little more selective on really checking the water quality before purchasing if you can. Contact me for questions on the water in this beautiful area.