Whatcom County rebates available for maintaining septic systems


A “stitch in time saves nine” as the old saying goes and it holds true for septic systems too. Just like any other part of a house, septic systems need routine maintenance to stay in good working order. Finding and fixing minor problems before they turn into serious and expensive ones keeps the system working correctly, treating sewage properly and prevents impacts to local water quality. 

But people can’t fix what they don’t find. When a system is evaluated regularly, someone is more likely to catch problems early and when they are less expensive to fix. But evaluating and maintaining a septic system costs money. 

The Whatcom County Septic Maintenance Rebate Program can reimburse people for costs associated with a system evaluation, installation of operation and maintenance equipment or septic tank pumping. 

The septic rebate program is available for homeowners who own a private residence on a septic system in Whatcom County, and have completed septic system homeowner training through Whatcom County Health Department. Homeowners can apply for a rebate every three years. Information about rebate eligibility, the application process and program information can be found on the rebate program webpage at whatcomcounty.us/septicrebate. 

Septic maintenance rebates are offered through the Whatcom County Public Works Pollution Identification and Correction (PIC) Program. The Whatcom County PIC Program reduces fecal bacteria in creeks and marine waters through water quality monitoring, technical and financial assistance programs for landowners and community engagement. 

Visit the county’s website at bit.ly/3OYsQOK to learn more about water quality and actions residents can take for clean water. The program is partially funded by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Estuary Program Grant.

Courtesy Whatcom County Public Works Natural Resources Division 


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