If your home has a septic system, there are some important informational meetings coming up over the next week to address a new proposal from the King County Board of Health that would require registration, an annual fee and regular inspection of septic tanks to make sure they are not leaking. The inspections that are required by state law, but currently the state lacks a sustainable funding source for the work.
As the BOH proposal is considered, a series of public meetings will be held to get feedback from local residents. King County Council Member Kathy Lambert will be attending the Woodinville and Fall City meetings and State Representative Chad Magendanz be attending the Maple Valley meeting.
The meetings are a great chance to learn more about the proposals and offer public comment. (Dates and times below)
According to an email from Lambert, Seattle and King County is proposing that a system be set up to register each septic system, inspect it on a regular basis and add a yearly fee to tax bills of homes with septic systems. State law says septic systems must be inspected, but according to Lambert only 2% of septic owners in King County are in compliance.
The Environmental Health Services Division (EHS) of Public Health said it currently doesn’t have the capacity to perform septic system inspections or proactively address problems before systems fail – and an unknown number of failing systems in King County contribute to surface and groundwater pollution of local waterways.
EHS said collaboration is needed to develop a “list of all systems, update Public Health’s King County Septic System Management Plan, and pursue sustainable funding for the implementation of the OSS (septic system) oversight plan.”
- Monday, June 20th: Vashon Island (6:30 pm, McMurray Middle School, 9329 SW Cemetery Rd)
- Tuesday, June 21st: Maple Valley (6:30 pm, Tahoma Jr. High Library, 25600 SE Summit Landsburg Rd)
- Wednesday, June 22nd: Woodinville (6:30 pm, Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd NE)
- Tuesday, June 28th: Fall City (6:30 pm, http://www.king27fire.com, 4301 334th Pl SE)