The Clallam County Department of Health & Human Services, Environmental Health Section, obtained grant funding in 2012 for a feasibility study to develop wastewater management options to address problematic site conditions and potentially failing onsite septic systems in unincorporated Dungeness and nearby Three Crabs Road/Seashore Lane-area neighborhoods.
Through a series of four community meetings and public review of a Draft Feasibility Study, this project identified four alternatives for managing wastewater in the Dungeness/Three Crabs area:
• Individual onsite septic systems
• Clustered Large Onsite Sewage Systems (LOSS)
• Centralized collection, treatment, and disposal (local sewer system)
• Centralized collection and conveyance to an existing wastewater treatment facility (City of Sequim or Sunland)
A process that involved community input and county deliberation resulted in the selection of the first option at this time: continuing to operate and maintain individual onsite septic systems for the treatment and disposal of wastewater.
The selection of this option, as opposed to a capital improvement project, puts the responsibility on homeowners to comply with existing state onsite sewage codes to have their septic system inspected and puts the burden on the county to enforce the onsite sewage codes. Routine inspections and maintenance of onsite sewage systems helps ensure the long-term viability of onsite systems to protect the public health and the environment.
Parametrix and Clallam County finalized the feasibility study, now posted on the project website listed below, after the county Board of Health considered implementation strategies for the selected alternative at its recent meetings.
As explained by Dr. Tom Locke, Clallam County Health officer, “The Board of Health has the duty to enforce state and local public health regulations, including those that deal with wastewater disposal. This is one of the most fundamental public health responsibilities there is — preventing contamination of food, drinking water and recreational waters with infectious human waste.”
At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30, in Room 160 of the county courthouse, Parametrix and Clallam County Environmental Health will submit the final study to the board of commissioners at its regular meeting. This meeting is open to the public with opportunity to comment provided during the meeting.
For project information and to see the Study and related documents, refer to the project webpage:
For specific information, contact Clallam County HHS Environmental Health Section at 417-2415.