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- August 2014
WATER CONSERVATION CALENDAR POSTER CONTEST WINNERS
L-R 1st Row: Mayra A., Jessica T., Emma A. (1st Place Winner),
Matthew Y., Eugene Y. & Sophie O.
L-R 2nd Row: Emily K.,
Jenny S., Nicoleta U., Lily T., Lizbeth D. & Geunhyung “G” B.
L-R 3rd Row: Commissioners Miller, Gibson, McClain & Englund
you for the continued privilege to represent you as
a member of the Lakehaven Board of Commissioners.
Serving on the Board since 2006 has been a great
experience and I have thoroughly enjoyed the
opportunity to work with my fellow commissioners to
oversee the water and sewer utility that provides
the services you receive.
Recently, I was able to tour District facilities
with a group of first graders from a local school.
As we know well, children ask some amazing and
thought-provoking questions, often involving issues
and topics that we adults don’t often think about.
Being inspired by their interest in water, I thought
I would share some of the interesting facts I have
learned about water with you:
Approximately 60% of an
adult’s, and 75% of an infant’s, body weight is
You can live approximately
one month without food, but only one week
70.9% of the earth’s surface
is covered with water; but only 3% is fresh
water (the remaining 97% is salty).
Of the fresh water, 68.7%
resides in glaciers and 30% in aquifers
underground. Of all the earth’s water, humans
can only use 0.3% directly.
There is more water in the
atmosphere than in all the rivers on earth
Pure water has a neutral Ph,
but water dissolves more substances than any
other liquid (including sulfuric acid).
The US uses about 400 billion
gallons of fresh water daily, with 80% going to
irrigation and thermo-electric power
generation. (Lakehaven customers use on average
about 9 million gallons daily).
The average US citizen uses
about 100 gallons of water each day, with the
largest single use being toilet flushing.
Europeans average about 50 gallons each day per
person, and those people living in the Sahara
area make do with less than 3 gallons daily.
In 1900, 25,500 Americans
died of typhoid, a water-borne disease. Thanks
to chlorine treatment, this was reduced to 20 by
1960 (typhoid is rare today).
If you drink 8 glasses of
water daily from your tap, you will spend less
than 50 cents annually. The same amount
purchased as bottled water will cost
approximately $1400 each year.
If a faucet leaks one drop
per second, it will leak 3000 gallons over the
course of a year.
Water is a component of
almost everything we make. For example; it
takes 713 gallons of water to make one cotton
tee shirt; 1000 gallons of water to make one
gallon of milk; 634 gallons of water for one
hamburger; and 39,090 gallons for each new
Because water is important to us all, we take the
job of providing a safe and reliable supply for your
uses seriously. We perform a detailed evaluation of
our system and future supply requirements in a
comprehensive plan that is updated every six years.
Our next report will be available for review and
comment this fall. We are proud to report that we
have a very good supply of fresh water; estimated to
serve our needs for at least the next 50 years.
With this cushion, we are seeking to use some of our
excess supply to serve the water needs of some of
our neighbors. Even with an abundant supply, we
encourage water conservation and suggest that you
check out our garden at Lakehaven Center if you need
some ideas on how to landscape with water
conservation in mind.
Mike Ming Retires After 28
Years of Service with the District
Pictured above is Mike Ming with Commissioners Miller,
McClain, Englund and Gibson, and General Manager John
Bowman, receiving his Resolution of Commendation during the
May 22nd Board meeting. Mike Ming began his career at the
District in May 1986 as an Operator I and continued through
to his current position as a Senior Operator at the Redondo
WWTP. Congratulations to Mike and best wishes for a long and
2014 POSTER CONTEST WINNERS
Lakehaven Utility District presented awards to local elementary
students participating in its 18th annual Water Conservation
Poster Contest at the District’s May 22nd Board meeting. The
purpose of the contest is to help children understand the
importance of water conservation through the development of
posters containing a water conservation message. The artwork is
featured each year in the District’s Water Conservation
Approximately 75 members of the community, including students
and their families, teachers and principals attended the Board
meeting. There were 526 poster entries submitted from 17 Federal
Way Elementary Schools. The poster entries were judged by a
panel of five judges and thirteen winning posters were selected
to include in the District’s 2015 Water Conservation Calendar.
Board President Tim McClain presented the awards to students.
Commissioners Don Miller, Len Englund and Chuck Gibson were also
A special “Thank you!” goes to Wild Waves, Shirtz to Go, SKFR
Fire Station, Commons Mall, Pattison’s West, Red Canoe Credit
Union, Woodstone Credit Union, Costco and Trader Joe’s for their
generous donations to the contest winners.
A special “Thank you” also goes out to Puerto Vallarta on SW
Campus Dr. and Azteca at the Commons Mall for their donations to
our Cinco de Mayo CAP fundraiser.
METER READING SCHEDULE CHANGE
In an effort to improve the way customer accounts are
managed, the District will be embarking on a program to
reduce the number of days between the date a customer’s
meter is read and the date the corresponding water bill is
sent to the customer. Currently the billing “lag” can run
in excess of six weeks. The goal is to reduce the number of
days between the meter reading date and the billing date to
fifteen. Getting you the information about your consumption
earlier will enable you to better understand your water use
patterns (and provide an earlier indication that you might
have a leak in your system). During this transition,
billing dates will remain the same.
Cleaning Demonstration Table
|Lakehaven participated in South
King Fire & Rescue (SKFR) Scouts Night event for
local Boys and Girl Scout troops held on May 14th.
In addition to the activities and equipment on
display by the Fire Department, Lakehaven joined in
on the fun with additional activities, displays,
water conservation information and equipment used by
Your Board of Commissioners
- Vice President
Ron Nowicki - Secretary
Len Englund - Commissioner
Chuck Gibson - Commissioner
Board of Commissioners meetings are held
the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month.
These meetings are held
at the Lakehaven Center at:
31531 First Ave. S.
Federal Way at 6 p.m.