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Alert: Cold Weather and CVHA Homes

Temperatures have been hovering around 5 degrees at nights for some days and not rising above freezing. In addition, the power was out for some days.  There have been two houses with frozen pipes reported.

If your house was unoccupied and does not have a standby generator for heating and did not have the water shut off and drained from the house you are at risk for damage when things thaw.

This message is cautionary only as no one can predict what may occur in individual homes.

Our water operator will be monitoring pump cycle times as thng’s thaw to see if usage indicates a leak being present.

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Water Use Restriction Times

On October 3, 2023 there will be a Water Use Restriction in effect from 7:00 A,M, to 5:00 P.M in Crystal Village.  The restriction will be in place to perform preventative maintenance on our 60K gallon water storage tank.  The tank will be off line during the maintenance period.

During the restriction period our small emergency pressure tank system will be keeping the water lines charged with pressure, this will greatly reduce the time it takes to activate our main tank system once cleaning is completed.  The emergency pressure tank system can also supply a limited amount of water to CVHA.  During the restriction time we request that you limit or curtail water use or use water only for drinking and toilet use.

Owners of rental properties should notify any guests of these restrictions.

There is a small possibility that we may have to curtail water service during this period so you may want to fill a 5 gallon bucket with emergency water and have other water available at your home during this period.  CVHA Water Management will be doing everything possible to shorten the time restrictions are in place.

Direct any questions to or call our Water Operator Chet Mowbray at 360-688-0910.

Thank you for you cooperation.

CVHA Board of Directors



May 29th Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast hosted by Greenwater Fire PCFD 26




Greenwater FIre,  PCFD#26 will be hosting a Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast  and WIldland FIre Preparedness Education Day at the Greenwater Community Center on May 29th from 9AM to Noon.

Topics will be:

–Residential Defensible Space.

–Notification and Evacuation

–Wildland Firefighting Equipment, Strategy and Tactics.

Donations to Greenwater Firefighters Association may be made in person or at


Burn Ban in Effect

Burn Ban has expired.  This post updated 10/26/22

Pierce County has a Burn Ban in effect.  This “Ban” applies to land clearing and yard debris disposal by burning.  It does not apply to recreational campfires that are in a campfire ring,  these recreational fires can be on public or private lands administered by Pierce County.   This means that within CVHA campfires are permitted but please be careful and extinguish your fire when you leave the Village.  Note:  There are no campfires permitted on any of the CVHA common areas.

CVHA Board of Directors



Black Bear In Crystal Village(s)

Two reports of a large Black Bear sighted in Crystal Village!

One is a video of the Bear getting into a “bear proof” garbage can in CV2, in addition,  a large bear footprint was left on a porch in CV1 and the bird feeder and barbecue grill were tampered with.   A reminder that we are in bear country.  Please use caution and if a large person in a fur coat shows up at your 4th celebration please tell him to move on by repeating the words :”Bad Bear, Bad Bear!!”

All humor aside, please keep pets inside or leashed when outside, keep trash cans inside and not curbside for the week. Be mindful of small children outside. Keep barbecue grills cleaned.

Chipper Opportunity

Our Fire Chief Paul Sowers is working on securing a $20,000.00 grant to hire a chipping contractor for about two weeks and hopefully  do work on 50-70 houses.  Funding is not yet confirmed but it looks promising.

The grant would pay for chipping only, the work of cutting and stacking will not be covered and is the responsibility of the property owner.

If interested please call 360-663-2522 and leave information including your name, address and contact number.

Thanks to Paul and my thanks as this text is taken from Paul’s article on the Crystal Mountain/Greenwater Fire Department site on Facebook.    You may want to go to this site and  read the entire article, as it pertains to the Firewise Program in our area.

Gary Castellane for the CVHA Board of Directors,



2021 Dues & Annual Meeting

Great News…no increase in dues for 2021.

The Annual Meeting scheduled for January 16 is cancelled due to COVID-19.  All information normally provided at the meeting will be available on this blog beginning in December.  Homeowners will receive a postcard when the information is available and will also be able to request a hard-copy of the documents.

Commons and Vehicle Use

The commons has been closed to motorized vehicle use except by authorized users (PSE, Century Link, etc.) and by CVHA doing maintenance in the area.  Temporary signs have been posted at a few access points that have been used as access points.

Issues with noise, resource damage, potential user conflicts, potential liability issues and wildlife disturbance were considered in the decision.

Any comments can be directed to

CVHA Board of Directors


Mail Theft

There was an apparent theft of mail from a mailbox in CV1 the past few days.  This has been an ongoing problem every year for as long as I have lived in the Village.  What can be done:

–If possible pick up your mail as soon as close to delivery time as possible.

–Buy a locking mailbox.  They will limit theft of the opportunistic kind, that is those that “grab and go”.

–Do not mail items from your box with the flag up and try not to have important documents and items delivered to your box.

–Be vigilant of strange vehicles or persons around the mailboxes.  I know this is difficult with rentals and people driving in to look at elk.  Then there are those taking a drive to escape the virus restrictions.

–Get license numbers and descriptions of suspicious vehicles/people.   Who to report to if your information can be directly tied to a theft occurence?  WSP or the Pierce  County Sheriffs Office.  For local information your information can be shared via the e-mail link below.

–Your board is open to any other ideas, they can be dropped in the CVHA mailbox in CV1 (17222 Crystal Dr. E.) or e-mail to