Relocating to Washington in 1990, Stan French arrived at the District with over 12 years of water utility experience gained in his home state of Idaho. He was hired as the District’s Water Quality Engineer and tasked with the responsibility to oversee the provision of high quality and safe drinking water to customers. He took this job very seriously and devoted himself to the job of answering customer water quality questions and concerns over the years. His talent for distilling the complex chemistry of the District’s multiple water sources and treatment systems down to a language that customers can understand made that job possible.
In the early 1990’s, as stricter regulatory requirements required attention to new water quality challenges and the community’s water demands increased, the days of producing raw untreated groundwater ended. With these changes, Stan was tasked with implementing new corrosion control reduction methods, wellhead protection, filtration to remove excess mineral from select wells, disinfection systems, and the job of blending our new Green River surface water with our existing groundwater supply.
After nearly 30 years with Lakehaven and over 40 years in the water industry, Stan will be retiring as Water Operations Manager to enjoy time with his family. The District will miss his experience, dedication, and congeniality and wishes him all the best in his retirement.
As Stan’s final task, he passed the torch to our new Water Operations Manager, Tim Osborne, who was selected as Stan’s replacement in April. Tim, a licensed Professional Engineer, has worked in the Engineering Department with Lakehaven for the past 13 years (following six years of water operations experience with the City of Auburn). The District looks forward to maintaining the same high level of water service with Tim at the helm.