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The Health Department is closed July 3 for the Fourth of July Holiday.

Tranquil photo of Lake Tapps in early fall, with a view of Mt. Rainier and large clouds in the background.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Septic System Inspection Reminders

We sent you a reminder to get your septic system inspected. Here are some answers to your questions.


  • I received a letter from the Health Department. What do I do now?
  • Why did I get a letter from the Health Department?
  • What does the law say?
  • What should be inspected?
  • I can’t afford my inspections or pay for my septic repairs. What are my options?
  • How does the septic incentive work?
  • How often does my system need to be inspected?
  • How do I benefit from getting my system inspected?
  • Why should I get my system inspected?
  • Will other communities be notified as well?
  • Where can I find a list of certified septic professionals?
  • How do I know what type of septic system I have?
  • If the inspectors finds a problem, how long do I have to fix it?
  • How much does an inspection cost?
  • How much does pumping a tank cost?
  • How much do repairs and replacements cost?
  • How are inspectors certified?
  • How do I know the inspector I hired is giving me good service?
  • What are the penalties for not inspecting?