County financial assistance for septic systems
November 8, 2023
Skagit County Public Health is offering up to $200 in rebates for septic system inspection, pumping or riser installation to qualifying residents (one per household). A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant funds this rebate program for residents who pay a certified septic system provider to inspect, pump, or install riser to raise tank lids to the surface.
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 12.05.160 and Washington Administrative Code 246-272A-270.
Properly functioning septic systems protect public health and water quality by assuring that household sewage is adequately treated before returning to the environment. Regular and consistent septic system inspections can save property owners money in the long run by identifying minor problems that may be fixed immediately.
Eligibility requirements are:
Own a residence in Skagit County.
Complete the free online Septics 101 class and quiz.
Have an inspection, pumping and/or rise installation done by a Skagit County certified operations and maintenance provider on or after January 1, 2023. This expands the eligible timeframe.
Pay for the services. Keep your receipt or paid invoice.
Complete an application form (fillable pdf or online) and submit with documentation to Skagit County Public Health.
Rebate applications are accepted until Dec.15, 2023 or until grant funding is depleted.
Skagit County Public Health also offers assistance for septic system inspection to qualifying low-income residents who need a septic system inspection and demonstrate financial need (such as living on a fixed income and being eligible for property tax exemption). Contact Skagit County Public Health before scheduling an inspection. This is also a U.S. EPA funded program.
Information: skagitcounty.net/Departments/HealthEnvironmental/onsitesewer.htm; [email protected]; (360) 416-1500.
Source: Skagit County gov’t