Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Stories about Getting to Clean Water: Clallam County - Educating Homeowners About Their Septic Systems

By Diane Dent, Water Quality Stories Lead, Water Quality Program

Did you know you are now required to have your septic system inspected every one to three years, depending on what type of system you have?

The problem

When your septic system fails, it’s expensive to repair and a health hazard to you, your family, and your pets. Runoff from a failing septic system can carry untreated sewage across your yard, onto your neighbor’s property, or into surface waters.

Project highlights

The ultimate goal of this project was to improve water quality by improving management of home onsite septic systems. As part of the project the county piloted a “Do It Yourself” (DIY) inspection training program in 2011. The project was successful in educating home on-site septic system owners in the Marine Recovery Area of the Dungeness watershed about the why, when, and how to conduct septic system maintenance.
  • To learn more about what the results of the project were, read this full story online.
  • Story written by Tammy Riddell, Ecology Southwest Regional Office

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