Upcoming classes are listed on the Whatcom County Health Department’s website at http://wa-whatcomcounty.civicplus.com/1745/Homeowner-Training-OM . Pre-registration is required. Please contact the Health Department at (360) 778-6000 to register or if you have any questions.
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There are three criteria that must be met to be eligible for the septic system rebate.
At Whatcom County Public Works- Natural Resources, 322 N. Commercial, Suite 110, Bellingham, WA 98225. The office is located in the tall gray and blue building across the street from the Bellingham Public Library.
This depends upon how you have completed your training.
If you completed the in person class, you will receive the rebate application at your class. You will need to submit:
If you completed the online training, you will be required to complete a quiz to receive the rebate application. You will need to submit:
Your rebate level will depend on the activity you complete.
Rebate applications are typically processed within 4-6 weeks. You will receive a check at the mailing address you indicated on your rebate application.
Funding is limited, so participants are encouraged to submit materials as early as possible. If additional funding remains past the deadline, rebates will be rewarded in the order they were received.
Nope! You should be all set. We will contact you if we need any additional information.
No, you may complete all three activities. However, each parcel* is eligible for one rebate. Your rebate will be processed for the highest rebate level from your mix of activities. For example, if you completed both an evaluation and septic system pumping, your rebate will be processed for the septic system pumping.
* If there are multiple septic systems on one parcel, you may be eligible for multiple rebates. Contact Kate Kimber at KKimber@co.whatcom.wa.us to determine if you have more than one eligible system.
No, the rebate for landowners who have completed the online training is 50% the rebate of landowners that complete the in person training.
Yes, as long as the work was completed in the last year, you complete a septic system training, and you can obtain a copy of your receipt or paid invoice.
Yes, the Whatcom County Health Department keeps records of landowners that have completed septic system classes. Contact Kate Kimber at KKimber@co.whatcom.wa.us to request confirmation that you have completed a class. Be prepared to provide your name, address, and approximate time and location that you completed the class. Once Public Works has received confirmation, you will be notified and can submit your application.
Please note: Your evaluation, pumping, or equipment installation must have been completed in the last year to be eligible for the rebate.
Processing time ranges anywhere from 4-6 weeks; if you have not received a rebate within two months of submitting your materials, please contact Kate Kimber at KKimber@co.whatcom.wa.us .
Yes, so long as no alterations to the system are made. If you ever have questions about your septic system, you are highly encouraged to contact certified providers.
This is a grant funded program with a goal of increasing homeowners’ knowledge of septic systems, how they work, and how to identify potential problems before a system fails. Thus, the training is a requirement to be eligible for the rebate program.