Resources for Homeowners
Low-Interest Loan Program
Jefferson County and nonprofit lender Craft3 are partners in the regional Clean Water Loan program which offers affordable loans to repair or replace failing septic systems and, if approved by the county, to connect to municipal sewer systems.
Clean Water Loans allow homeowners to borrow the entire cost of eligible design, permitting and installation. Lower interest rates may be available for qualified lower-income borrowers, and there are no up-front loan fees or pre-payment penalties. Please visit Craft3’s website using this link for rates and terms, to check eligibility, and begin your application.
Learn more and apply at https://www.craft3.org/homeowner-loans/clean-water. You can also contact Craft3 at CleanWater@Craft3.org and 888-231-2170 ext. 125.
You may be eligible for a rebate of up to $350 if you completed one of the following between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2024:
- A first Operations and Monitoring inspection for systems installed prior to 2007
- Tank pumping that was completed and documented by a certified professional
- Minor tank repairs, such as tank sealing, replacement of tank baffles, etc.
- Installation of risers, lids, and/or effluent filter
- Single family residences in Jefferson County only
- One rebate per property – you may only receive a rebate if you have not previously received one for the same property
- Rebates are not available for inspections required at time of property sale or transfer of title
Rebates are available for qualifying residences until funds are spent or before December 31, 2024, whichever happens first.
Fill out an application online by clicking here.
To view or print out a brochure, download the PDF file by clicking here.
Homeowner Authorization for Septic System Monitoring Inspections
See the Homeowner Authorization for Septic Inspections https://www.co.jefferson.wa.us/1076/homeowner-authorization-for-septic-inspe page for more information about this program.
To verify your eligibility and register for the program, take the online training courses, or log an inspection report, go to the Septic DIY page.
Septic System Educational Videos
Online training in the basics of septic system function, care, maintenance, and inspection is available to the public through educational videos provided by the Washington State Department of Health. If you wish to become an authorized homeowner inspector you must take the training courses though Septic DIY.
Septics 101 – This video explains the basics of how on-site sewage systems function and the steps you should take to keep your system working well.
Septics 201 – This video provides step by step instruction on how to inspect your septic system and complete an inspection report.