The District is intent on being an active partner in the community to protect our water resources. Throughout our 40+ square mile service area there are roughly 6,000 existing septic systems. As these systems age, they can fail. And failing or improperly functioning on-site septic systems represent a significant risk or threat to the natural environment. The District’s SEP program was developed in 2008 to assist neighborhoods in providing public sewer service to areas currently served by on-site systems. By extending public sewer, we are allowing for the abandonment of the septic systems and reducing the long term threat to our environment. Participation in the program, e.g. hooking up to the sewer, remains voluntary.
The SEP program is part of the annual capital program. The District has currently identified SEP project areas which include over 1,500 septic systems. Using an established set of criteria, the District prioritizes the individual SEP areas and identifies projects to be included for design and delivery through the capital program. SEP evaluation criteria include, but are not limited to: rate of failure, health risk(s) caused by failing on-site systems, environmental impact(s) of failing systems, and neighborhood support for sewer. The costs for the construction of the sewers are assessed to the properties benefiting and receiving service. To learn more about the SEP program, please contact Steve Bacon via email or phone at 360-993-8810.
The District also has other programs available to assist with the construction of local facilities. Generally speaking, the eight-inch (8”) diameter sewer mains servicing individual neighborhoods. The District can support the extension of local service through either the Customer Generated Infrastructure (CGI) or District Installed Infrastructure (DII) programs. With both of these programs, the costs for the project are assessed to the properties benefitting from the sewer extension. When a benefitting property connects to sewer, they will pay the District for their fair share of the project, called a Local Facility Charge (LFC). The LFC is a separate charge and is in addition to the System Development Charge (SDC) or other permit fees.