Flushing toilets are mostly taken for granted,
but do you know where your waste goes?
While many communities have sanitary sewer systems to dispose of their waste, the Olympic Peninsula utilizes multiple means of sewage disposal. The City of Port Townsend has approximately 77 miles of sewer and therefore most residents of the City are on public sewer. The area of Port Ludlow also has a sewer system, but it does not accommodate all residents located in the area. Both the Port Townsend and Port Ludlow sewer systems have wastewater treatment plants. Homeowners who are not on a public sanitary sewer system must have a septic system. Communities such as Port Hadlock and Chimacum have no sanitary sewer system and must utilize individual septic systems to comply with Jefferson County Code. There are two basic type of septic systems- conventional and alternative. Jefferson County requires that Conventional Systems be inspected every three years and Alternative Systems (with a pump or pump chamber) be inspected every year.
I got a letter from the County about my Septic! I'm freaking out!
Don't be scared of Jefferson County & more importantly, don't ignore them! If you receive a letter from the County regarding a Septic Inspection- this is not a Septic Pump!! Having your tank pumped and submitting a Pump Report WILL NOT satisfy the Inspection Requirement. Call one of the local, professional companies listed on the right and ask for a Septic Inspection. They will ask you questions about your system. Your honest answers will help save you time and money.
I live in a Travel Trailer and don't have a Septic System. What do I do?
Anyone living on property in Jefferson County whether in a permanent structure or moveable one, must have an approved, permitted septic system. This is true for both black water (pee and poop) and grey water (shower and dish water).
I don't need a Septic System. I have a composting toilet!
Actually, that is not correct. Unfortunately, not all types of composting toilets are approved by Jefferson County Department of Health. If your composting toilet is approved, it is still mandatory you have an approved septic system for your grey water.
Local Companies that can Help:
Septic & Drain DO NOT FLUSH LIST
Please think twice before pouring something down your drain to break up the clog. Chemicals can be detrimental to old pipes and septic systems. Watching what you put down your drains really does make a difference! If you DO have a problem with a clogged drain, do yourself, your septic system and the environment a favor and call a professional plumber for advise.