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City requires backflow testing

34Take advantage of Table Rock HOA group rate and save $8 yearly

You have probably received a green card from the City of Walla Walla requiring backflow testing of irrigation systems.

With the recent annexation of Table Rock subdivision by Walla Walla, all homeowners are subject to this mandatory test, which has a deadline noted on the card.

Per the City of Walla Walla:

As part of a cross-connection-control program, backflow-prevention assemblies must:

  • Be installed on irrigation systems that are connected to the city’s water system. This assembly helps prevent backflow, which could carry contaminants into the public water system.
  • Be tested when installed and every year thereafter. A backflow assembly tester certified by the Department of Health must perform and certify the testing.

As a service to our neighborhood, the Table Rock HOA board has contracted with a company that specializes in this testing. This was done in the interest of full compliance, convenience for each homeowner, and securing a discount.

HydroTek, LLC, is our preferred vendor, although it’s not mandatory that you use them. However, you’ll need to make other arrangements for testing if you decide not to use HydroTek.

HydroTek’s regular fee for backflow testing is $43, but the Table Rock HOA price is $35 (and no tax).

Here’s how to take advantage of the discounted rate:

  1. Send your green card to Lew Krueger, Table Rock HOA, P.O. Box 1871, Walla Walla 99362.
  2. Lew will compile a list of addresses and give the list to HydroTek.
  3. HydroTek will visit each address and complete the testing. You don’t need to be at home when the testing is done, since the backflow device typically is located outdoors.
  4. HydroTek will file test results with the City of Walla Walla.
  5. HydroTek will invoice you for the test, and you will pay them directly.

Please note: If additional parts or services are needed to bring the backflow assembly into compliance, you’ll be responsible for those expenses.


HydroTek offers other discounted services to Table Rock homeowners, including irrigation system start-up, irrigation system winterizing and a lower hourly rate for service and repairs.

July 4th: Enjoy fireworks safely

boy-with-sparkler-in-handsCelebrate safely with these tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Council on Fireworks Safety, and the City of Walla Walla:

  • Always read and follow label directions.
  • Have an adult present.
  • Buy from reliable fireworks sellers.
  • Ignite outdoors.
  • Have water handy.
  • Never give fireworks to small children.
  • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.
  • Light one at a time.
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Store in a cool, dry place.
  • Dispose of properly.
  • Never throw fireworks at another person.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

Fireworks are allowed July 4–6 from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.

The following fireworks are restricted in Walla Walla:

  • Any firework specifically designed to produce a loud noise such as whistles, explosions or reports.
  • Any firework device not defined as a non-aerial common firework.

Table Rock yard sale to be held June 13, 14

yard-saleA Table Rock neighborhood-wide yard sale will be held June 13 and 14, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you have items you’d like to sell, plan to take advantage of this date and the traffic that will be generated as a result of advertising the event.

There’s no cost to participate. Simply set up your items in your driveway, yard or garage. Homeowners are responsible for their own sales. If you have questions, call Tera Davis, event coordinator, at (509) 240-5463.

Plans posted for neighboring development

A preliminary plat and utility plan for The Boulders development have been posted. This development will be just north of Eagle Crest Drive and between Cottonwood and Cougar Creek Drive (which serves the homes in Eagle Crest Meadows).

HOA board selects officers

Glenn Bell, incoming board member, has been named president of the Table Rock Homeowners Association. Lew Krueger, who had been serving as both vice president and treasurer, will remain treasurer, and Robert Baker has been named vice president. Kevin Waite continues on as secretary.

These actions were taken at the board meeting held February 3 and are effective immediately.

Report posted of 2015 annual meeting

Table Rock homeowners met January 27 at Fire Station 41 for the neighborhood’s annual meeting. For details, see the minutes (pdf).


  • A neighborhood weather station has been installed and is reporting on our weather page as well as through Weather Underground. Apps are available for smart phones and tablet computers for those of you who like to track local weather.
  • Homeowners association dues are lower this year because city annexation has resulted in lower expenses, primarily because the city is now responsible for the street lights.
  • The city will be spraying weeds in the streets this year and will also seal cracks.
  • Two vacant board positions, opening after the resignation of Paul Jenes and Carol Merritt, have been filled by Glenn Bell and Cecil Ash. The board extends its deep appreciation to Paul and Carol for their leadership in our neighborhood and welcomes Glenn and Cecil.