Resources for Homeowners

Jefferson County Public Health staff are submitting an application for the Department of Commerce Community Development Block Grant – General Purpose Grant Program.  This grant focuses on Housing Rehabilitation specifically helping low and moderate income property owners achieve access to safe waste water treatment.  Please review our grant application here.  We encourage any comments be sent to us via email at achristofferson@co.jefferson.wa.us

Cost Share Program for Septic System Repair

This program pays a percentage of the cost to repair or replace septic systems for eligible property owners of a single-family home. Please read this brochure for more information. Visit the Cost Share Program for Septic System Repair page.


As of January 2022 we have expended all funds in this program.  JCPH is seeking additional grant funding to support property owners in financing septic repairs.  We would like to be aware of your needs, please reach out to us.

Low-Interest Loan Program


Jefferson County and nonprofit lender Craft3 are partners in the regional Clean Water Loan program which offers affordable loans to repair or replace failing septic systems and, if approved by the county, to connect to municipal sewer systems.

Loan features include:

  • Finances the full cost of designing, permitting, installing and maintaining your septic system.
  • Competitive interest rates and no up-front costs.
  • Highly inclusive for a range of incomes and property types (including commercial and non-owner occupied).
  • Deferred payment options may be available for homeowners with lower incomes.
  • All loans include a $2,000 reserve to support the system’s ongoing health.

Learn more and apply at www.Craft3.org/CleanWater. You can also contact Craft3 at CleanWater@Craft3.org and 888-231-2170 ext. 125.

Rebates 

Single-family residences in Jefferson County may be eligible for a rebate for up to $350 for certain septic system inspections/maintenance occurring between July 1, 2019 and December 31, 2022. 

Rebates are for any one the following, as long as work was completed and documented by a certified professional:
  • FIRST monitoring inspection of a system installed prior to 2007 (subsequent inspections ineligible)
  • Tank pumping 
  • Minor tank repairs, such as tank sealing, replacement of tank baffles, etc.
  • Installation of risers, lids, and/or effluent filter
NOTE:
  • We may issue only one inspection rebate per property.
  • Properties that received an inspection or pumping rebate in the past may not receive another.
  • Rebates are not allowed for inspections that are required at the time of sale or transfer of title. 
  • Rebates are available until funds are spent or before December 31, 2022, whichever happens first.
Click here to apply for a rebate online

Or, call Jefferson County Public Health at 360-385-9444 or send an email to: EH@co.jefferson.wa.us

To see a list of licensed/certified septic system professionals, click here.

This project is funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under assistance agreement PC-01J18001 through the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) and the Hood Canal Regional Pollution Identification and Correction Program.

Homeowner Authorization for Septic System Monitoring Inspections


The online homeowner authorization for septic inspections webpage offering monitoring inspection training for property owners, is now active. We also offer the training in a classroom format twice a year. Check the class schedule for the current schedule.

A goal of the program is to provide information about septic system operations, maintenance, and inspections as well as making it easier for the homeowner to complete most monitoring inspections at a more reasonable cost. The training courses for the program are offered free of charge to the attendees.

Most systems are eligible to participate - conventional gravity, pressure distribution, mounds, and sand filters. Some system must be inspected by a certified operation and monitoring (O&M) specialist or licensed designer - aerobic treatment devices, glendon biofilters, drip irrigation, and other proprietary products. Contact the Environmental Health Division if you are uncertain about what type of system you have.

Steps for Authorization


  1. Verify if your system is eligible for homeowner inspection on the verify system eligibility and register page.
  2.  Register on the homeowner authorization for septic inspections webpage.
  3. Take the online training, Septics 101 and 201 and take the quizzes or sign up for a live class.
  4. Read and acknowledge the authorized homeowner application.
  5. Pay the $12 authorization fee.

Training Courses


  • Septics 101 - Basics of septic system operation and maintenance. This class will be available online and is also offered in a classroom format at least once a year.
  • Septics 201 - Step by step inspection of the septic system and reporting the results. This class will be available online and is also offered in a classroom format at least once a year.