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Dec. 6, 2022

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Clark County residents can get assistance for septic system issues

By , Columbian staff writer

As part of Septic Smart Week, Clark County Public Health is reminding homeowners assistance is available to county residents for septic system maintenance, repairs and replacement.

By ensuring systems are in good condition, owners can protect their property’s value and avoid costly emergency system replacements or repairs down the road. Public Health recommends homeowners work with county-certified professionals to complete system inspections and get advice about maintenance, repairs, or on-site septic system replacement.

Clark County Community Services’ Housing Preservation Program assists with deferred, low-interest, flexible loans for on-site sewage system repair and maintenance. Over the past 15 years, the program has funded 48 septic repair or replacement projects totaling nearly $640,000, with an average loan amount of about $13,000.

For more information about the Housing Preservation Program go to https://clark.wa.gov/community-services or contact Dawn Lee at 564-397-7811 or dawn.lee@clark.wa.gov.

A new local program, Poop Smart Clark, now has funding available for septic system repairs in select areas of Clark County. The grant-funded program is administered by Clark Conservation District and provides financial assistance to people with septic systems in areas near polluted streams.

Poop Smart Clark reimburses up to $130 for inspection costs and $500 for pumping and repairs, and now up to $20,000 for a limited number of full septic system replacements or major repairs. Assistance is available for property owners in specific watersheds of the East Fork Lewis River.

The program runs through fall 2024. Visit https://poopsmartclark.org for more information.