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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 26, 2012
Contact: Leslie Banigan, R.S., Kitsap Public Health District
(360) 337-5627, leslie.banigan@kitsappublichealth.org
  Jayna Ericson, Kitsap County Public Works
360-337-5777 or jericson@co.kitsap.wa.us
No: 2012-118

Septic System Workshop for Long Lake Area Residents on December 5th

Maintaining your septic system will save money and keep pollution out of Long Lake

(Port Orchard, WA) - Long Lake residents are invited to a free workshop to learn how to keep their septic systems working well and lasting longer. Well maintained septic systems will save homeowners money and keep bacteria and nutrients out of Long Lake.

The workshop will be held:

December 5, 2012: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Long Lake Bob Oke Community Room
5100 Long Lake Road SE, Port Orchard

The workshop will include information about:

  • How a septic system works
  • Best ways to care for your system
  • How to detect if a system is failing and what to do next
  • Low interest loan programs for septic repairs
  • Attendees will also receive free “green” cleaning products

“Just as you would maintain your car so it runs well and lasts longer, you need to maintain your septic system,” says Leslie Banigan, Kitsap Public Health District (KPHD). “A failing septic system can cost thousands of dollars to repair and can be a serious health risk to your family and the environment.”

Registration is required and space is limited.
Register today at
www.kitsapgov.com/sswm/workshop.htm or
call Kitsap 1 at (360) 337-5777.

Background
Long Lake is a popular recreation area with a swimming beach, fishing pier and boat launch. It also has a history of bacteria and nutrient pollution. It was the only Kitsap County swimming lake closed in 2010 because of high levels of bacteria. In 2011, the lake was periodically posted with advisory and warning signs for toxic algae.

KPHD received a National Estuary Program grant* through the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Washington State Department of Health to locate and correct failing septic systems and improve water quality in Long Lake. An important part of the project is to help homeowners and residents protect their septic investment. Additional funding was provided by the Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management Program.

Links to More Information:

Homeowner’s Guide to Onsite Sewage Systems – Information about how septic systems work, and how to take care of them.

Pollution Identification and Correction Program – This program is a Surface and Stormwater Management Program partner. The program mission is to protect the public from waterborne illness and other water quality related hazards.

Surface and Stormwater Management Program - The Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management Program protects people, property and natural resources by reducing flooding and stormwater runoff, restoring fish habitat, and preventing stormwater pollution.

* THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN FUNDED WHOLLY OR IN PART BY THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY UNDER ASSISTANCE AGREEMENT PC-00J32601 TO WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. THE CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS AND POLICIES OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, NOR DOES MENTION OF TRADE NAMES OR COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS CONSTITUTE ENDORSEMENT OR RECOMMENDATION FOR USE.

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Kitsap 1
(360) 337-5777

kitsap1@co.kitsap.wa.us

Last Updated:  May 27, 2014