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.
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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 210, 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 whether this is your first or second rebate for this property.
If this is your first rebate for this property, the process has changed temporarily due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please see below for options
Please email us at PICprogram@co.whatcom.wa.us with any questions about these changes
You will need to submit:
If this is your second rebate for this property, you will be required to complete a refresher quiz to receive the rebate. You will need to submit:
Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Whatcom County Health Department in-person septic system workshops have been postponed until further notice. On a temporary basis, homeowners can complete the Health Department’s online training tin lieu of the in person workshops. Homeowners who complete the online training must complete and submit the refresher quiz with their rebate application.
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 Molly Burke at MBurke@co.whatcom.wa.us to determine if you have more than one eligible system.
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 us at PICprogram@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 us at PICprogram@co.whatcom.wa.us or (360) 778-6267.
You can apply for a second rebate for your property if:
You will find links to the refresher quiz and rebate application on the Public Works website or contact us at PICprogram@co.whatcom.wa.us.
To review information before completing your refresher quiz or your septic system inspection, visit the Whatcom County Health Department's homeowner training webpage to complete the home owner training (only on-line training is available at this time), and access the homeowner training materials.