Whatcom County Will Adapt New Septic Inspection Rules

Uunder new state rules being adopted later this year by the Whatcom County Health Department Septic systems will be required to get  regular inspected .

Conventional tank-and-drainfield systems will need to be checked every three years, while more complex, modern systems such as a pressure mound or Glendon biofilter must be inspected annually, by a licensed inspector.

The system will also be required to be inspected on the sale of property.

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3 Responses to Whatcom County Will Adapt New Septic Inspection Rules

  1. Nancy says:

    I’m looking for information on a septic system that pumps to the sewer in Lynden. Does it require a permit – there is none on file at the Whatcom Health Department? What kind of maintenance is needed? Anything else you can share will be appreciated.

  2. Michael says:

    I have never heard of a septic system that pumps to a sewer, I suggest you ccntact your local city officials in Lynden and at Whatcon County.
    Let us know what you find out.

  3. Ed says:

    My guess is that this is a setup used in instances where the distance from the treatment facility is great enough that the sewer main lines are smaller and thus requires the use of a “sewage grinder package” also known as a “sewage ejection package.” The sewage from the home is directed to a small tank that grinds the sewage into smaller pieces and then uses water pressure to flush the waste into the sewage lines. This is usually a requirement to reduce possible back-ups where the lines serving the area are smaller in diameter. If this is the case, the health department would not be involved, instead you would need to contact your water/sewer district or Whatcom county records department for information.

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