County offers Septic 101, 201 classes

Clallam County Environmental Health will offer Septic 101, a free informational septic system class, in January.

Septic 101 is an introductory class designed for homeowners wishing to learn more about their septic systems. The course describes different types of septic systems, general system care and maintenance, and do’s and don’ts for a healthy system.

The class will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road.

Pre-registration for classes is required and available online through www.clallam.net/septic or by contacting Environmental Health at 360-417-2258. Spaces are limited.

201 class offered

Area residents interested in becoming certified to inspect their own septic system are encouraged to attend Septic 201 “Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Self-Inspection” classes.

Clallam County Environmental Health is offering free DIY septic inspection classes in February and March of 2018.

Septic 201 “Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Self-Inspection” classes provide an overview of the what, why and how of safely inspecting a septic system and include an instructional video, a brief demonstration and a short exam.

Not all septic systems are eligible for homeowner inspection, county officials note, and systems located in the Marine Recovery Area — between Bagley Creek watershed and the eastern county boundary — must have an initial inspection by a licensed septic inspector.

Septic inspections are required by state law. Conventional gravity septic systems need to be inspected every three years; all other systems need to be inspected annually.

Pumping is not the same as an inspection, county officials add.

Septic 201 classes are scheduled as follows:

• 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road

• 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the commissioner’s meeting room (160) at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles

Pre-registration for classes is required and available online through www.clallam.net/septic or by contacting Environmental Health at 360-417-2258. Spaces are limited.

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