As I write this in late March, it looks like we may be seeing the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel; and it’s not a train coming at us. Things are looking like we will be able to return to a semblance of normal with the increased availability of three COVID vaccines now authorized for use in the country. My wife and I have received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine and knowing that we have some protection from the virus has made a big difference in our outlook.
Because Lakehaven provides not just water, but sewer service also, the District had a head start when the virus first impacted our operations. Sanitation and personal protective equipment (PPE) is a must when working in a wastewater treatment plant or the sewer system so precautions were nothing new. The District ramped up the emphasis on sanitation and PPE in all of our work places. Those who could work from home did so, those who couldn’t worked staggered shifts. Social distancing has been maintained and temperature checks and health questions are required prior to entering District buildings. All of these precautions have paid off. While some employees have had to take time off from work because of potential exposure to Covid, the District has not had anyone become ill from an at-work exposure. To date, seven employees have contracted Covid through an off-work exposure and I’m glad to say that they have all made full recoveries and have returned to work.
Keeping the District functioning and our employees’ safe through all of this has been a huge task. All of our management staff put in a lot of effort in this regard. In particular, our Human Resource Manager and our Safety Manager made sure that the District stayed up to date with the constantly changing State and Federal requirements, as well as CDC guidelines. All of our personnel have done their part to keep themselves and others safe during these trying times. Moving forward, the District will continue to follow all recommended protocols.
Throughout all of this the District’s day-to-day functions have continued. Water and sewer service, as well as treatment plant operations, have been fairly normal. Planning for future expansion and upgrades has continued as well. We expect construction on our new office and maintenance complex to begin in late spring or early summer. This project will bring much needed office space for staff, as well as space for our field crews, which are currently located at the Lakota Treatment Plant. The relocated crews will be in a more central location for dispatch, which will free up much needed space at the plant. If you are having a problem paying your water/sewer bill there is help available. The Federal Way Multi Service Center has funds that can be applied to your bill. Contact them for details. Also, please contact the District office if you are having trouble paying your bill, there are options available for payment of overdue bills. Please take care of yourselves and stay healthy.
Issue 193 - May/June 2021