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Programs - Onsite Sewage (Septic) Systems

Onsite Sewage (Septic) Systems


          Welcome to the Onsite Sewage program in Island County, Washington.

Approximately 72% of Island County residents utilize an onsite sewage (septic) system.  About the same number also use groundwater as their drinking water source.  Island County is heavily reliant on surface water resources for shellfish (recreational and commercial harvesting), water recreation and a wonderful quality of life.
The mission of the Onsite Sewage (Septic) program is to protect public health and the environment by minimizing the threat of surface and ground water contamination from failing or improperly designed, installed or maintained onsite sewage systems.
The Onsite Sewage (Septic) Program provides educational, advisory and permitting services for owners of septic systems, septic professionals and other parties.
We do this through a number of ways which include:
-Soil Evaluation determining site suitability for wastewater disposal
-Onsite sewage (septic) system design review
-Ensuring systems are installed in accordance with design and proper practice
-Final inspections of newly installed/repaired systems
-Working with homeowners to ensure systems are inspected and maintained
-Responding to sewage complaints
-Partnering with homeowners to repair systems that are failing or in distress
-Licensing Onsite Installers, Maintenance Service Providers and Pumpers
Report a sewage complaint
by email
or call
360-321-5111 from South Whidbey
360-629-4522 from Camano 
Your report will be investigated by our staff.
Please include the nature of the event, detailed location, your name and contact information in the event we need more information. Thank you.

Report fraudulent or dishonest conduct by an onsite professional.  Click here.


Related Links
EPA Septic System Program
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Small Flows Clearinghouse
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Homeowner Septic Training Program
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