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September 20, 2019

Financial Assistance for Septic System Inspections

Skagit County Public Health is offering assistance for septic system inspection to qualifying low-income residents.  A grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows public health to implement a program for residents who need a septic inspection but demonstrate financial need (such as: on a fixed income and eligible for property tax exemption) to ease the financial burden of meeting the state inspection requirement and protecting public health.

All residents of Skagit County whose homes or businesses are served by a septic system require annual inspections, unless the system is conventional gravity (three-year inspection requirement), per Skagit County Code (SCC) 12.05.160 and Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 246-272A-270.

Since 2001 Skagit County Public Health has offered free classes for homeowners who would like to inspect their own gravity system, easing the financial burden of paying a professional to perform the inspection; however, not all residents are able to do their own inspections.  This new Financial Assistance Program will help those residents who demonstrate financial need and whose homes or businesses are served by alternative septic systems (non-gravity).

Properly functioning septic systems protect public health and water quality by assuring that household sewage is treated adequately before returning to the environment. Regular and consistent septic inspections can save property owners money by identifying problems that may be fixed immediately. Unmaintained septic systems are more likely to develop problems that require major repair or replacement.  Inspections also can save property owners money by determining if pumping, which is typically more expensive than inspections, of solids from the tanks is due.

Find more information about financial assistance for septic system inspections please contact Corrina Marote at corrinam@co.skagit.wa.us and 360-416-1500.