Northwest NEWS

March 22, 1999

Home & Garden

Free septic systems workshop

   The Seattle/King County Department of Public Health, Washington State University Cooperative Extension, and the Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team have teamed up to provide a free public service workshop about septic systems. Septic Systems: A Homeowner's Guide will be presented on Saturday, April 10 from noon until 5 p.m. at the Northshore Baptist Church, 10301 NE 145th Street in Bothell.

   Information will include a four-hour educational presentation in which program participants will learn how septic systems work, and how they as homeowners affect the effectiveness and longevity of the system. Emphasis is placed upon the importance of periodic maintenance and the influences of homeowner lifestyle. The workshop will cover conventional gravity systems and also discuss the when, where, and why of pressure distribution systems and alternatives such as mounds and filters. A Health Department representative will be available to discuss the proposed manual, as well as septic system issues and regulations in King County.

   Pre-registration is requested in order to insure adequate seating and educational materials. To register, call Gordon Clemans at Seattle/King County Department of Public Health, (206) 296-3989, or e-mail the instructor: burleigh@wsu.edu.