BOIL ADVISORY LIFTED – WATER SAFE FOR CONSUMPTION

The Boil Water Advisory for the Scott Lake water system is lifted effective immediately and normal consumption can resume. Lab results were just returned confirming that the sample passed allowing the advisory to be lifted.

We thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation while we work through ongoing maintenance of the water system.

All work being done to the system is vital for continued operations, and the health and safety of our residents is of the utmost importance.

Please remember – all official Scott Lake Maintenance communications are posted on our website at www.scottlake.net as well as on the official @ScottLakeMaintenance Facebook page.

In order to ensure that you are getting the most accurate information, please direct all questions, comments, concerns through our official online pages or to office@scottlake.net

Response to Petition for Special Meeting

Scott Lake Maintenance Company is subject to a minimum 14 day notice requirement for special meetings, as provided in RCW 64.38.035(2) and confirmed by legal counsel.

The petition for the calling of a special meeting to be held on August 19 was delivered to the Scott Lake Maintenance Co. office late on Thursday, August 12. The statutory requirement for notice of the requested meeting could not be met. A meeting of the membership could not be validly held, and, if held, no action at that meeting would be valid.

Property Maintenance – Fire Season Precaution

With the sunny weather and higher temperatures also comes an increase in the threat of fire danger. Regular property maintenance doesn’t just keep yards and the community visually appealing, but also serves as a tool in defense against fire damage. Multiple properties throughout the community have what is referred to as “ladder fuels”. Ladder fuels are various forms of vegetation that would allow fire to climb and spread at a rapid rate. Common examples of ladder fuels include both living and dead vegetation such as tall/overgrown grass, weeds, shrubs, and low hanging branches.

The Scott Lake Protective Covenants provide that “Lots must be maintained in a reasonably clean and sightly manner. It is the responsibility of the owners to care for their lots and plots therein, to kill, destroy and/or remove grass, weeds, rodents predatory animals and any unsightly or obnoxious things”

Please take a moment and survey your property to ensure that grass, weeds, shrubs, and trees are all trimmed and adequately maintained. Regular property maintenance can help protect your property, and neighboring properties, from disastrous fire damage.

Concerned about the condition of a neighboring property? Let us know! Submit the Covenant Violation Report Form.

Want to learn more? Check out the Department of Health website for information on wildfire prevention/emergency preparedness. Department of Natural Resources has a great informational flyer on defending your home from wildfire.

Thurston County enacted a burn ban effective June 24, 2021 – September 30, 2021. Be sure to check for burn ban updates on the ORCAA website.

2021 Water Rate & Reserve Study

A full copy of the 2021 Water Rate and Reserve Study is available at the following link.

Where to Direct Water Complaints | Water Testing Sign-Up

Providing safe and healthy drinking water to residents of the Scott Lake Community is of the utmost importance. All water quality related complaints reported to the office are taken seriously and are logged and tracked.

It has come to our attention that a number of residents are sharing their water quality concerns on various community group Facebook pages rather than reporting them to the office. All questions, concerns, and complaints should be submitted to the Scott Lake Maintenance Company office so that we can follow-up directly.

On Wednesday, May 19, 2021 our local contractor will be onsite to take water samples from service locations where residents have submitted concerns that their water is unsafe or undrinkable. You will not need to be home in order to have a sample taken as the sample will be taken from an outside faucet. You will simply need to report to the office between Tuesday, May 11th – Monday, May 17th that you wish to have a sample taken from your service location. Requests for this water sampling can be submitted by email to office@scottlake.net or by calling (360) 352-4787.

Scott Lake drinking water is tested regularly in accordance with Department of Health regulations. Lab results from Department of Health required testing can be found through the Sentry Internet on the Department of Health website at https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/eh/portal/odw/si/Intro.aspx

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires that a Water Quality Report be made on an annual basis. The Scott Lake 2020 Water Quality Report can be found on our website at the following link Scott-Lake-2020.pdf (scottlake.net)

Aesthetic characteristics may be present in your drinking water but do not typically pose a public health threat. Learn more about color, taste and odor problems in drinking water through a publication made by the Department of Health Color, taste and odor problems in drinking water

Please note: There are no failed tests or any other indicators that Scott Lake drinking water is unsafe or unhealthy. This service is being provided as a courtesy to those customers who believe that there may be an issue with their drinking water.

2021 Water Rate & Reserve Study Presentation – FAQ

A special meeting of the SLMC membership was held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 serving as an opportunity to provide additional detail on the recently completed 2021 Water Rate & Reserve Study and subsequent changes in the water rate structure. If you were unable to attend the meeting but would like to view a copy of the presentation slide deck that can be accessed through the following link.

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet was also developed to help address some common questions received relating to the 2021 Water Rate & Reserve Study. Check out the FAQ here.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Scott Lake Maintenance Company office office@scottlake.net or (360) 352-4787

2020 Water Quality Report

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires that a Water Quality Report be made on an annual basis. The purpose of this report is to provide consumers with details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. Safe drinking water is essential, and we are committed to informing you so that you can make personal health-based decisions regarding your drinking water consumption. 

Click on the following link to read the 2020 Water Quality Report 

Lab results from regular Department of Health required testing can be found through the Sentry Internet on the Department of Health website at https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/eh/portal/odw/si/Intro.aspx

Search for the Scott Lake Water System under ID 76787

SCOTT LAKE SHARING TABLE

The Scott Lake Sharing Table located at the Community Center is an excellent community resource that many of our residents enjoy. It is a great way for neighbors to share with each other when they have garden produce or plant material in abundance.

We would like to remind community members that the Scott Lake Sharing Table is for garden produce and plant material only. If you place items on the table, it is your responsibility to ensure that items are picked up or removed within 48 hours.

Scott Lake Maintenance Company recognizes that the generosity of community members expands far beyond the garden produce and plant material allowed on the Scott Lake Sharing Table. We encourage you to reach out to other groups in the area that can more appropriately accommodate a variety of items, or to share through posts in the various Scott Lake Community group pages such as Scott Lake Community Family Support Group, Scott Lake Community Page, and Scott Lake Open Forum

Some of the other local resource groups include:

Buy Nothing Tumwater (South) Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/2095644687114370/

Thurston County Food Bank at Littlerock United Methodist https://thurstoncountyfoodbank.org/

Thurston County Medical Equipment Bank https://medicalequipmentbank.org/about/

United Way of Thurston County https://www.unitedway-thurston.org/

Property Owner Information form

Please return the Property Owner Information form recently mailed to you.

We are working hard to improve the emergency and non-emergency notification process for all property owners and residents in Scott Lake. The information you provide is critical to the success of this effort.

If you have misplaced your Property Owner Information form, please contact the Scott Lake Maintenance Company office immediately. The office number is 360-352-4787 or email to smaint8812@comcast.net. Another form can be downloaded from here or is available for your pick up or it can be mailed to you.

Thank you to all who have returned their property owner information.

We can’t make a plan and move forward without this information and your quick response is very much appreciated.

Scott Lake Board of Trustees

Don’t Forget to Flush… Your Hot Water Heater

HotWaterHeaterFlushing your water heater is an important maintenance step to ensure you get the most out of your water heater.  By keeping your water heater clean from sediment buildup, you help ensure the maximum life is reached from this important home appliance.

To help you flush your water heater properly, please refer to the instructions below, provided by Paul Robischon, Manager of Washington Water Service.

How to Flush Your Water Heater

CAUTION: When flushing your water heater there is danger of being scalded.  Be careful and keep children and pets away during the procedure.

Water heater manufacturers recommend flushing sediment from your storage type water heater periodically.  How often your model needs to be flushed depends upon the quality of the water in your area.  Areas with high mineral content will have to flush more often.

What is sediment, and why is it a problem?  The sediment is sand or other grit from a well, or any other material that has gotten into the municipal water mains.  Sediment can also come into your home after the water company flushes out their lines.

Over time, your heater can accumulate this sediment consisting of sand, gravel, grit, and various mineral deposits.  This buildup can reduce the amount your water heater holds, create a variety of interesting noises, and reduce the efficiency of your unit.  The buildup of sediment at the bottom can harden and sometimes clog the drain valve.

Cleaning this sediment out of your water heater is not particularly difficult; here is how to do it.

  1. If your water heater is gas, set the gas valve to “Pilot” to prevent the burners from coming on while you are flushing it.  If your heater is electric, be sure to turn off the circuit breakers.  With an electric water heater, if the water level drops below the heating elements, and the thermostat turns the elements on, the heating elements will probably burn out quite rapidly.
  2. Connect a heavy-duty garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank.  Make sure the outlet of the hose is in a safe area away from pets and children.  It can be very hot and can scald quickly.
  3. Close the shut off valve on the cold inlet to the water heater.
  4. Carefully open the temperature/pressure relief valve at the top of the tank by lifting the lever.  Leave the valve open.
  5. Open the drain valve at the bottom of the heater allowing the water to flow out through the garden hose.  If the sediment is clogging the drain valve then try closing the temperature/pressure relief valve and turn the cold inlet valve back on to “power flush” the sediment out.
  6. In some cases, the sediment hardens into large chunks that can block the drain valve.  If so, then wait until everything cools down, remove the garden hose from the drain valve, remove the valve if necessary, and use a long screw driver to break up the clog.  This is a very messy procedure.  Once completed, re-attach the hose and continue flushing.
  7. Drain the tank completely.  With the drain valve still open, close the pressure relief valve and turn the cold water inlet valve back on. This will scour the bottom of the tank and flush the sediment out.  Flush the tank until the water runs clear.  When the garden hose runs clear, you are finished.
  8. Close the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and remove the garden hose.
  9. Close the pressure relief valve at the top of the tank if it is still open, and turn the cold inlet valve back on.
  10. Open a hot water faucet in your house, and let it run until no air bubbles come out.
  11. Turn the heater back on, and with gas units re-light the pilot if necessary.

Washington Water Service