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Posted on: April 11, 2023

Upcoming Free Septic Homeowner Trainings

Whatcom County Health and Community Services is offering free trainings that allow homeowners to perform a required septic evaluation and become eligible for septic system rebates.

 At this free, two-hour workshop, homeowners will:

  • Learn how to maintain your septic system.
  • Learn how to complete a septic system evaluation* and WCHCS reporting requirements.
  • Receive contact information for third party specialists.
  • Become eligible for the septic maintenance rebate program to reduce the cost of evaluations by a third party specialist, tank pumping or select maintenance activities.

 If you received a letter from us about your septic system evaluation, we invite you to sign up for this free class. It will help you learn how to avoid a civil penalty in the future.

Sign up for a class:

East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (8251 Kendall Rd, Maple Falls)

  • Wednesday, April 26 at 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 21 at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

 Ferndale WECU (5659 Barrett Rd, Ferndale)

  • Wednesday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

To register, visit or call 360-778-6000

Whatcom County code requires that septic systems are evaluated either once a year or once every three years depending on system type. Homeowner education through classes like these are required to meet septic-related rebate requirements. 

*Some system types are not eligible for homeowner self-evaluation. Find out more information at

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