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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 30, 2006

It’s not out of sight, it’s on-site!
Jennifer Johnson (360) 754-4111 ext. 7631

​On-site sewage disposal systems (septic systems) can be an effective way to deal with wastewater from homes.  When they are working properly, septic systems help to safely filter water that comes from sinks, toilets, and laundry in order to replenish groundwater.  That's right, in Thurston County , where we depend upon groundwater for our drinking water; our on-site septic systems help to replenish groundwater. 

The connection between our on-site systems and our drinking water is one reason that Thurston County 's Public Health Department regulates on-site sewage systems.  Regulation isn't all that it takes to maintain septic systems and education is also offered.  Septic workshops are available for anyone who wants to understand more about their septic system in order to properly maintain it.  

Why would anyone want to understand their septic system?  It is through understanding that care and maintenance can be performed.  It takes only two hours to attend a free, septic workshop and receive the confidence that what goes into your system is what the system is designed to handle.  Learn how to know when to pump the tank, how to extend the life of your system and protect your investment and why non-toxic products are better for your system.

The following septic workshops are free to the public.  Please contact Thurston County Environmental Health at (360) 754-4111 ext 7631 or johnsoj@co.thurston.wa.us to register in advance.  For more information on septic systems you can see our web site at www.co.thurston.wa.us/health.

The septic workshops will be held-

Wednesday, September 13
Thurston County Fairgrounds , Expo Building
3054 Carpenter Rd. SE, Lacey

Wednesday, September 20
Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW , Olympia

Tuesday, September 26
Yelm Fire Station
709 Mill Rd. , Yelm                            

Thursday, October 12 (For sand and mound systems)
South Bay Grange
3918 Sleater-Kinney Rd. , Olympia

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3