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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Message from the President

Onsite Sewage System Owner Responsibilities and Requirements

Your WPHA is working with the WPLA to try and get the word out on an important health issue. Some of you are already aware but earlier E. Coli testing indicated dangerous levels of E. Coli bacteria in parts of Woodland Pond that may be contributing to high E. Coli levels in the Lake. The very high amount of rainfall last fall and winter likely contributed to these levels due to runoff from septic drain fields. The most recent tests show decreasing levels without significant impact on lake water quality. We are asking all our homeowners to make sure your drain fields are in working order and ask all of you get those septic tanks drained if you have not done so in the last 3-5 years. The following post on Next Door may be helpful:

This is just a friendly reminder that you are required to have those septic tanks pumped every 5 years according to Chesterfield County officials. Others recommend the tanks be inspected and pumped every 3 years. We are asking all of our homeowners to get your septic tanks pumped as required and to make sure your drain field is in good working order. Getting those tanks pumped may prolong the life of your tank and drainfield and will help to keep our neighborhood and environment more safe and healthy. Attached below is some helpful information in better understanding the benefits of getting those tanks pumped and what you can do to prolong the life of your tank.

http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-health/onsite-sewage-system-owner- responsibilities/

Also, in discussing this with the County, it is the homeowners' responsibility to keep track of your records when getting your tank pumped. Septic tank companies typically provide information to the County but it is ultimately your responsibility to keep track of those records. The County records are not always reliable or up-to-date. Many new buyers will be asking for proof should you plan to sell.

The average lifespan of a septic system is 30-40 years, but it can last longer if properly maintained. Let's protect our investments and help protect the health of our neighborhood and our Lake.

Stephen Spencer
President, WPHA Phase 1

An Overview of the Woodland Pond Homeowners' Associations

The Woodland Pond Homeowners' Association Phase 1 and Phase 2 are two of four associations serving our community, each with their own specific charters. These associations work collectively to preserve your investment and help ensure that Woodland Pond remains a premier community and a great place to live and raise a family.

The Homeowners' Associations provide value to the entire community and are dedicated to the maintenance, protection and improvement of our community. These efforts include maintaining the front and back entrances and common grounds including the seasonal decorations at both entrances, contracting for seasonal landscaping at both entrances, managing the 128 acre Conservancy, approving and maintaining the architectural integrity of new construction and changes, providing the neighborhood directory and providing the voice for Woodland Pond in community forums. There is also the administrative work required to maintain websites, coordinating with our agent ACS West Inc to ensure homeowners have what they need when it comes time to buy or sell their properties, and many other fiduciary roles required of all associations and much more. It is no small undertaking requiring time, energy and financial resources.

In short, all of our associations work hard to make Woodland Pond a desirable place to invest and live.

More information on the role and meeting schedules of the Associations can be found on the Woodland Pond website.

Some information can also be found in the Neighborhood Directory and was also included in your homeowner's disclosure package when you purchased here in Woodland Pond. When visiting the website, you can see where there are email lists that you can join that help you to stay abreast of activities and updates in the neighborhood. And don't hesitate to reach out to one of your board members if you have questions or suggestions for making the community even better.

All homeowners are subject the Associations' Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions. Membership requirements vary by association. For example, Homeowner association membership is required for those living in Phase 2 and it is not required for those living in Phase 1. While voluntary, we would hope that all homeowners in Phase I would contribute their fair share as we try to fulfill our role and obligations. It is a nominal amount and is used to preserve your investment here in Woodland Pond. Residents are encouraged to attend the board meetings, the time and locations are listed on the Woodland Pond website. Attending the board meeting is a great way to better understand the work and value of the Association where financial information is also shared and discussed. It is also an opportunity to share ideas and get actively involved.

Woodland Pond is made stronger when its homeowners take an active role in supporting all the Associations. All of the associations are managed by board members who volunteer their time working to ensure that Woodland Pond remains a premier neighborhood community. The Pond, the swimming pool, the courts, the grounds and all the rest of the amenities play a significant role in protecting your home values and making Woodland Pond a great place to live and raise families. We thank those of you that support these efforts and take an active role and welcome everyone to get involved. Let's all do our part!

Stephen Spencer
President, WPHA Phase 1
Fred Sundstrom
President, WPHA Phase 2



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