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  • Operation & Maintenance of Your Septic System

    Have a septic system? We offer financial assistance to low-income homeowners in certain areas of Pierce County.

    View the map to find out if you qualify. 

    You must live within the boundary lines of the colored areas on this map to qualify for:

    • $125 off a routine inspection (required to receive other discounts below).
    • $125 off riser installation.
    • $200 off tank(s) pumping.
    • $500 off cost of minor repairs.*

    *Repairs are minor when they do not require an installation permit, like replacing a malfunctioning part or installing mechanical methods to reduce clogging the drainfield.  

    To apply, fill out the financial assistance form.

    Available in English | Español (Spanish) | អក្សរខ្មែរ (Khmer) | Tagalog (Filipino) | 한국어 (Korean) |Русский (Russian) | Gagana fa’a Samoa (Samoan) | Українська (Ukrainian) | Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese).

    Email your completed form to or call us at (253) 649-1421 at least 2 weeks before you schedule your septic system service. We will verify your eligibility and email or mail the form back to you.

    After you receive your returned form:

    1. Choose a certified septic system service provider from the list on page 3 of the financial assistance form. We recommend you compare costs of several service companies and check online reviews.
    2. Schedule your service. Tell the service provider you are participating in the Financial Assistance Program.
    3. When the service provider arrives at your home, give them the returned form to receive your discount at time of service.

    See frequently asked questions for more information.

    Need help paying for septic system repairs?

    Resources for Pierce County property owners

    Save money when you need to repair or replace your septic system. These resources will help you protect your investment and prevent pollution–so we can all enjoy safe and clean water. 

    Keep your septic system in good working order.

    We help you maintain your septic system. We provide:

    • Information about your septic system type.
    • Your septic system’s risk level.
    • Inspection deadline reminders.

    A well-maintained septic system:

    • Reduces pollution of drinking water, lakes, rivers and Puget Sound.
    • Keeps you, your family and pets healthy.
    • Extends the life of your septic system.
    • Saves you money.

    Experiencing problems?

    • Foul odors inside or outside your house.
    • Gurgling sounds in the plumbing.
    • Sewage on the ground.
    • Sewage backing up into your house.

    Step 1: Contact a certified O&M Firm to determine the cause of the problem.

    Step 2: A certified septic professional can help with minor repairs. If you need a designer or installer, you must get a health department permit.

    See frequently asked questions for more information.


    Contact us at or (253) 649-1421.


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