Septic tank class offered this month

Published on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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Homeowners wanting to perform their own septic system inspections will need to attend one of two classes offered by Whatcom County Health Department during the next two months.

The classes will certify homeowners to perform their own inspections over the long-term. The classes are scheduled for 1 p.m. September 30 and October 29 at the North Whatcom Fire Station #61 at 9408 Odell Road in Blaine.

As of April 2, 2007, homeowners are required to have an operation and maintenance evaluation once every three years for conventional gravity systems and annually for all other systems.

Whatcom County Health Department environmental health supervisor Kyle Dodd said the classes are being offered in response to the large number of individuals who expressed interest in doing the inspections themselves, saving an estimated $150 to $300 per annual inspection for systems with pumps.

Dodd, however, said the first inspection will still need to be performed by a licensed professional.

“We’ve received a tremendous amount of people asking to do their own inspections and that’s what these classes will allow people to do,” he said.

County health officials said additional classes will be scheduled as needed to meet the demand. 


Each class is limited to 50 people and pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, call 360/676-6724, e-mail Health_EH_Parcel@whatcomcounty.us.