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To eliminate the possibility of the effluent (partially treated sewage from your septic tank and drain field) from leaching into groundwater. Each property is required by County Code to connect to the sewer and abandon their septic tank within one year of being notified of the availability of sewer service.
Yes, the sewer connection work can be performed by the property owner provided that the owner attends an on-site consultation with Wastewater System Division personnel prior to doing the work. Signed agreement to the consultation is required prior to permit issuance. The property owner cannot perform work within the public right-of-way. There are significant potential risks related to digging and working in trenches and Spokane County recommends the property owner give careful consideration to the risks and liability before undertaking this work.
Yes, if it is located on your residential property, but you need to discuss this with a Wastewater System Division staff person prior to construction / installation. The RV dump cannot be used to serve an RV or mobile home that serves as a residence. It is only allowed for occasional use by the owner of the property and cannot be used as a community or family RV dump. If it is to be used as a commercial RV Dump, plans would have to be submitted to the Spokane County Wastewater System Division for approval and sewer connection fees and usage fees would have to be determined and satisfied.
Usually not. The Spokane County Wastewater System Division reviews these requests on a case by case basis. If allowed, you will probably be required to install a sand trap and an oil-water separator to prevent soils and oil from entering the Spokane County Sanitary Sewer System.
Yes, but first, a private sewer easement must be established and the easement document must be recorded with the Spokane County Auditor's Office. A copy of that easement document must be provided to the Wastewater System Division before a sewer connection permit will be issued.
The cost varies depending on how much digging is involved and if the residence or business connection has basement facilities. The Wastewater System Division recommends that at least 3 written bids be obtained from licensed sewer excavation contractors. Most residential connections cost in the range of $3,000 to $5,000. If there is significant landscaping or pavement that the contractor is required to restore, the cost can increase substantially.
In addition to the connection costs, each property is required to pay a Capital Facilities Rate (CFR) to Spokane County, which covers a share of the cost of constructing the collection sewers, interceptor sewers, pumping stations and treatment facilities.
Current policy allows a 4-inch sewer service to serve a single family home or a duplex. A 6-inch sewer service will serve 3 single family homes, or a duplex and 1 single family home. The service requirements for developments in excess of 3 lots and high-density developments may require design by a licensed engineer and are subject to review by the Wastewater System Division.
As of April 1, 2019 the sewer connection permit fee is $130 plus a $27.12 application fee, for a total of $157.12 for each building connecting to the sewer. A separate sewer connection permit is required for each tax parcel. If each side of a duplex is located on its own parcel, a permit is required for each side. A parcel with multiple buildings will be charged a sewer connection permit fee for each building connecting to the sewer. All buildings on a single parcel can be included on a single connection permit. The sewer connection permit fee and the application fee are subject to future increases.
The Wastewater System Division sends notification letters to property owners establishing the mandatory one-year connection period and connection deadline for their property. If you have any questions relative to the connection status of your property or your connection deadline, please call the Wastewater System Division at 509-477-3604.
The Wastewater System Division has records for sewer stub locations and can mail, email, fax or in some instances describe the location over the phone. Drawings of the sewer stub location as well as the sewer pipe connection for the building can be viewed on the Wastewater System Division website via the Sewer Connections button.
Payments of all charges on the sewer bill are due by the 25th day of each month or the following business day should the 25th fall on a weekend or holiday.
If the charges on a monthly sewer bill are not paid when due, there shall be added to the charges a one time late payment penalty of 10% of the latest billed amount. Additionally, 8% interest per year will be applied to all sewer charges that have not been paid by the due date from the date due until paid.
If you are concerned about your monthly billing statement, please contact our office in Spokane at 509-477-3604 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Fridays (excluding Holidays).
For regular payments, mail them to the Environmental Services Department at:
Spokane County Environmental ServicesP.O. Box 2355Spokane, WA 99210-2355
For CFR, GFC, SCC, partial payments and payoffs, please call our office at (509) 477-3604
Sewer Billing Address Change Request This is for current property owners to change or update their mailing address for their sewer bills/statements.
If you are a property owner needing to add a tenant or property manager, please choose and fill out the proper authorization letter located here Sewer Billing Forms.
Learn more from our page on Sewer Bill monthly Charges.
It is a 20% discount of the monthly sewer service fees for a qualifying senior or disabled property owner's single-family residence or duplex dwelling unit.
To qualify, the property owner must first have an active property tax exemption for that residence. Please contact our office once you have an active property tax exemption.
Please contact the Assessor's Office for property tax exemption information.
For additional information view our page at Sewer Bill monthly Charges.
"Operation and Maintenance" is the portion of the monthly Sewer Service Fee that is charged to defray the cost of operating, maintaining and repairing the system of sewerage. (8.08.1495)
Payments are applied to the oldest unpaid charges.
If the charges on a monthly sewer bill are not paid when due, a one time late payment penalty of 10% of the latest billed amount are added to the charges.
Additionally, interest is attached and accrued on unpaid charges computed at a rate of 8% per annum starting on the next day after the billing due date until paid. Interest is computed on the entire unpaid balance.
Accounts that are in excess of 60 days delinquent may receive a past due statement and delinquency notice. The notice will be mailed to interested parties known to the Environmental Services Department (known parties may include Owner, Mortgage Company, Landlord and Occupant in the case of rental property) regarding the delinquent amount. The delinquency notice will list the amount of charges in arrears, and will explain that the customer must pay the charges within 30 days from the date of the notice to avoid a lien.
The lien will be filed for all delinquent rates, fees and/or charges due in accordance with Spokane County Ordinance 8.03.9040 (Payment-Delinquency-Lien). The lien amount will include late payment penalties together with accrued interest at 8% per annum from the date due until paid. The lien will attach and foreclose pursuant to RCW 36.94.150 and RCW 35.67.215. The County's sewerage lien shall attach for up to one year's delinquent charges without the necessity of any writing or recording of the lien with the County Auditor pursuant to RCW 36.94.150 and RCW 35.67.215. A lien for more than one year's delinquent sewer charges shall attach upon certification of the delinquent charges by the Environmental Services Department to the Spokane County Auditor. The Environmental Services Department may periodically amend these lien certifications.
All costs associated with filing and releasing of a lien, such as filing fees and administrative costs, together with the lien certification amounts, shall be paid to the Environmental Services Department prior to the release of the lien.
The monthly billing statements will show that a lien exists and will give the sum of all charges, for which a lien has been filed. The lien will be released upon payment in full.
Under the Revised Code of Washington, Spokane County may bring a foreclosure action against the property 60 days after the attachment of the lien.
When our crews are cleaning the sewer mains they are using high-pressure hoses that spray water in the sewer main. This can cause high air pressure or negative air pressure in the sewer main and sewer service lines that connect to the house plumbing. If a house does not have adequate sewer vents, which are usually vented through the roof, the excess air pressure can cause water to be blown out of the toilets or p-traps in the home. If your toilet is blown, please contact the equipment operator or call 509-477-1984.
The Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System has contracted with Waste Connections of Washington, Inc. for operations, maintenance, transport, and disposal services of solid waste materials received at the North County and Valley Transfer Stations. The contract will ensure the continuous operation of both transfer stations that became part of the new Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System as of November 17, 2014.
See the upcoming changes to the hours of operation starting January 4th, 2021. Current addresses/hours of operation are:
Winter Hours (November 1 through March 31): 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 7 days a week.
Seasonal Hours (April 1 through October 31): 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week
For the City of Spokane’s Waste-to-energy facility’s hours of operation, current rate(s) information, and accepted materials, please visit the City of Spokane’s Waste-to-energy (WTE) Facility website. See the current information for the North and Valley transfer stations below:
See the upcoming changes to the gate fee starting January 1st, 2021.
* The Spokane County transfer stations are now requiring all recyclable items to be "source separated." For more information, visit our Recycling page.
Items that can be dropped off at Transfer Stations include :
For more information on acceptable items at the Transfer Stations, please visit our Materials Accepted at Spokane County’s Transfer Stations page or call the Regional Solid Waste Hotline at (509) 477-6880.
Reducing waste by recycling is one of the Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System’s main objectives. There are many options for recycling in our area, and recycling can reduce your costs. Due to recent market shifts, sorted recyclables have a higher value than comingled recyclables. New cleanliness standards have been imposed on recycling worldwide, resulting in much higher processing costs for commingled recycling. With your help, we can bypass these unsustainable processing costs and keep recycling available for County residents at our transfer stations. We are asking residents for their help in returning to the practice (pre-2015) of sorting recyclables when dropping them off at the transfer stations. Each of these items will have to be sorted into their designated groups before drop-off:
For more information about what you can and can’t recycle at the Spokane County transfer stations, please visit our Recycle Right, Spokane County! webpage.
In Spokane County, designated haulers provide residential and commercial garbage collection, recycling, and/or yard debris collection service in specific areas. All questions pertaining to curbside collection should be directed toward your service provider. The service provider will inform you of your collection day, services provided, and the cost of those services. For more information on who your designated hauler might be, please visit our Curbside Garbage and Recycling page.
Businesses can apply for an account through Spokane County. Download and fill out this document to apply for a commercial solid waste account at the North or Valley transfer station(s).
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The best place to begin is the Washington State Well Log Viewer which is a service of the Washington State Department of Ecology. If you want to speak with someone in the East Region of the Department of Ecology, the Spokane number is (509) 329-3529.
Visit this page to learn more and find a link to a water providers service area map.
Three (3) primary projects include Watershed Planning, Water Bank Development and Saltese Flats Wetland Restoration.