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Study recommends better education, inspection of Dungeness septic systems

August 1st, 2013 - 5:57am

(Port Angeles) -- A study of ways to deal with wastewater in the Three Crabs area of Dungeness recommends the county work more closely with homeowners to maintain septic systems.

That was determined to be the most cost effective and easiest options of four presented in the study this week.

County environmental health director Andy Brastad says part of the study included talking with residents in the area.

State law already requires an inspection program for septic systems in the county. But Brastad says the county doesn't have the money to create a system of on-site inspections and must rely on septic system owners.

Brastad says the next steps for implementing the Dungeness recommendation would have to come for the county's board of health.

Other options in the study looked at building centralized wastewater collection systems and maybe pumping sewage to Sequim for treatment. All the other options were deemed too expensive at this time.

The county used a Department of Ecology grant to pay for the study after finding elevated levels of human waste turning up in the nearby waters.

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