OLYMPIA – Properly maintaining your septic system is one of the most important ways to preserve your home's value, protect public health, and protect the environment. What many people don't realize is that septic systems actually recharge ground water. In Thurston County , nearly every household gets drinking water from wells that tap into groundwater aquifers. Groundwater also feeds streams that flow into Puget Sound . In this way, a failing septic system miles inland can affect the use of beaches and shellfishing downstream. With more than 44,000 septic systems in Thurston County , it is important that each one is working to the best of its ability.
The good news is that septic systems can work well and be easy to maintain when maintenance is done on a regular basis. Most septic systems need to be pumped every three to five years. When the tank is empty after pumping, the pumper should check for any leaks or cracks in the tank structure. Catching these early can make for an inexpensive and quick fix. It is when problems go unchecked that they can turn costly.
Thurston County Public Health offers free septic workshops to help people understand and care for their septic system. The workshops provide information on how to locate the system, how to choose a qualified pumper and how a homeowner can inspect the septic tank. Attendees can also learn which household products can harm a septic system, and why additives don't take the place of pumping. With take-home materials, a coupon for $10 off the next tank pumping, and an opportunity to get individual questions answered, people leave the workshops with many of the tools needed to properly maintain their septic systems.
People can register by calling Thurston County Environmental Health at (360) 754-4111; the TDD line for the hearing impaired is 754-2933. Workshops are from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm and are FREE!
The workshops will be held-
Wednesday, April 5
Boston Harbor Fire Station
5046 Boston Harbor Rd. , Olympia
Tuesday, April 18
Tumwater Middle School (auditorium)
6335 Littlerock Rd. , Tumwater
Tuesday, April 25
Tenino High School (library)
500 W. 2nd Street , Tenino
Thursday, May 4
(co-sponsored with City of Olympia )
Grace Covenant Community Church
5501 Wiggins Rd. SE (at Yelm Highway )