Septic & Wastewater

The goal of Northeast Tri County Health District's (NETCHD) septic system program is to assure that wastewater is properly treated and disposed to ensure the public is not exposed to disease causing organisms, nuisances, or other pollution caused by on-site sewage systems. Environmental Health staff is charged with the responsibility for completing the following activities:

  • Ensure the proper siting and installation of on-site sewage systems serving structures generating less than 3,500 gallons per day
  • Provide information to the public about proper operation and maintenance of on-site sewage systems
  • Respond to complaints and correct failing on-site sewage systems
  • Provide technical assistance to homeowners
  • Certify installers and pumpers
  • Provide educational opportunities for on-site sewage system professionals, such as designers, engineers, installers, and pumpers

Report a Public Health Concern

Northeast Tri County Health District investigates complaints with septic systems in Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens counties.

Concerns can be reported:

  • In-person at any of our offices
  • Online
  • Over the phone

Clean Water Loan Program

Worried about the cost to repair or replace your failing septic system? NETCHD and nonprofit lender Craft3 work together to offer homeowners affordable septic system financing with the Clean Water Loan. In many cases, the Clean Water Loan can also be used to connect to municipal sewer. The Clean Water Loan:

  • Covers the full cost of designing, permitting, and installing a septic system
  • Has competitive interest rates and no upfront costs
  • Works for many property types and incomes
  • Offers deferred payment options to homeowners and lower incomes

Learn more and apply at the Craft3 website.