Surface Water Management Division
Septic System Outreach Pilot Program
Snohomish County Surface Water Management (SWM) received a Centennial Clean Water Fund grant from the Department of Ecology (Ecology) to develop a pilot project to address onsite septic system (OSS) related water quality problems. The goal of this pilot program was to collaborate with Snohomish Health District to develop and pilot an education and outreach strategy aimed at encouraging residential septic system users to adopt a suite of care and maintenance best management practices.
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Final Report & Attachments
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- Activity 1: Background & Formative Research
- Activity 2: Communications Development
- Activity 3.1: Outreach Approach 1: Mail Campaign
- Activity 3.2 Septic System Homeowner Workshops
- Activity 3.3 Septic System House Calls
- Activity 4: Outreach Approach 2: Sanitary Surveys
- Activity 6: Program Information Dissemination
- Activity 7: Program Evaluation
Puget Sound Starts Here Septic Web Pages: This interactive Web site has lots of great information to help you care for your septic system and maximize its life. Find tutorial videos, helpful tips for finding a reputable professional, downloadable brochures, and more!
Snohomish Health District Wastewater Program: Look up your septic system type and its location on your property at Snohomish Health District's online septic system "as built" database. The Health District is also your resource for septic system permitting and has a list of certified septic system pumpers (34 KB PDF download) and installers (65KB PDF download). There is also a telephone hotline to answer your questions at 425-339-5250. Calls can be anonymous.