Board of Trustees Meeting | April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021 – Agenda

The regularly scheduled Scott Lake Maintenance Company Board of Trustees meeting will be held Thursday, April 15th at 6:00 PM on Zoom with an option to dial-in by telephone for audio only. This meeting is open to SLMC members who would like to observe the meeting. Login information can be found on our events calendar.

*SLMC Member Comment*

Registering to Speak: Individuals wishing to speak during the SLMC Member Comment will need to register their request with the SLMC Office at (360) 352-4787 or email before 4:00 PM on the day of the meeting. Each speaker will be allowed three (3) minutes to speak.

Submitting Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted to the SLMC Office at Written comments received by 4:00 PM on the day of the meeting will be read aloud during the SLMC Member Comment.


There have been multiple reports of “milky/cloudy” appearing water in various areas throughout the water system. This discoloration is caused by air and is not a health threat. Check out the publication “Color, taste and odor problems in drinking water from the Department of Health to learn more about what you might be experiencing with your water.

SLMC is working with our contractor to further investigate and identify the cause of the sporadic increase in air present in the system. If you are experiencing issues with your water, please report it to the Scott Lake Maintenance Company office at




This notice is to remind all Scott Lake property owners and residents of the next scheduled shutdown of the water system as part of our ongoing maintenance project. This shutdown will impact all properties in the Scott Lake Community. The intent of this notice is to allow everyone time to prepare for loss of water service as outlined below.

Water will not be available beginning at 8:00 AM on the day of the shutdown. It is anticipated that the maintenance work will be complete and water service will begin to be restored by 5:00 PM that day.

Work will be performed at the following intersections: Scott Creek Drive/Scotlac Drive, Champion Drive/Vantage, Champion Drive/Shoreview.

Once water service is restored, notification will be posted on the Scott Lake Maintenance Company website as well as on the Scott Lake Maintenance Facebook page. After water service is restored it will take a few hours for pressure to stabilize.

Precautionary Boil Water Advisory

SLMC reminds all water system users that a precautionary Boil Water Advisory will be active at the time water service is restored. The boil water advisory will remain in effect until laboratory results confirm that the water is safe from contamination. We anticipate being able to provide an update on lab results within 24-48 hours. Notice will be given on the Scott Lake Maintenance Company website, Scott Lake Maintenance Facebook page, and reader board at the baseball field once the boil water advisory is lifted. Signs that are posted throughout the community will be removed once the boil water advisory is lifted. Property owners who have signed up for auto-dial notifications will receive updates directly via phone and/or email.

Be Prepared

Be sure to fill up on water containers for toilet flushing while the system is shutdown. Use bottled water or boiled water for drinking, brushing teeth, dishwashing, preparing food, and making ice while the boil water advisory is in effect.


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

Thurston County Food Bank at Littlerock United Methodist

Thurston County Medical Equipment Bank

United Way of Thurston County

NOTICE: Scott Lake Facilities – Rental Reservations & Day Use Areas

•The Scott Lake Maintenance Company office is open by appointment only for in-person transactions. If you need to conduct in-person business with the office, please call in advance to make an appointment (360) 352-4787.

•Scott Lake Maintenance Company will not be taking rental reservations for the use of the Community Center or the Park Shelter until further notice

•Park Restrooms will remain closed. Sani-Cans are available for use at the Park and Baseball Field.

•The Park and Baseball Field are for day use only, from dawn until dusk.

Scott Lake Maintenance Company strongly encourages all users of our day use facilities to adhere to current Safe Start Phase 3 requirements including: wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart, and limiting social gatherings to 10 people or less.

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 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