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Published on Friday, January 16, 2015

Septic-to-sewer conversions

On Thursday, AWC’s Carl Schroeder was joined by John Caulfield, City Manager of Lakewood, and Andy Haub Water, Resources Director for the City of Olympia, in testifying in opposition to HB 1102 and SB 5055. These companion bills would mandate that cities pay for a major portion of the cost of connecting certain properties with failed septic systems to community sewer. City voices were joined in concern with water/sewer districts, environmental advocates and the counties. A bright spot emerged in the hearing in the Senate, when Sen. Marko Liias (D-Edmonds) suggested a possible compromise which would strengthen appeal opportunities with a clear focus on evaluating whether the hookup was cost prohibitive to the homeowner and balancing that with system and environmental benefits. Stakeholders around the bill are exploring that concept. If you have thoughts on how that could work or things to consider, please share them with Carl Schroeder.