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Something stinks about how Kitsap handles septic systems

I have many questions about Kitsap County and its requirements for drainfields and septic systems.

It seems the laws and different for different people, and I have a hard time undersanding this.

Why, with the extremely complicated regulations the county now imposes to allow someone to put in place a system, do they allow people to live on another lot in the same location without a septic system?

Both these properties I’m speaking about are on a small lake in the county. One has spent approximately $20,000 obeying all the rules of the county, jumping through hoops to have everything done property (for a summer home only) and inspected.

The other lot has full-time people living there with no system of any kind except an outhouse.

We all know where their wastewater, etc., is going — into the lake we’re trying so hard to preserve.

Some have said that the outhouse on the property is grandfathered in. Can this be true?

Let’s just say for discussion’s sake that it’s me who owns the lot with the fancy, complicated system. Could I have just built my house, had water put in only for convenience and never put in a septic system and lived there like my neighbors are doing using a grandfathered-in excuse?

There was an existing outhouse on this property, too. Am I a fool for doing the right thing?

Does the county have double standards?

My advice to anyone in Kitsap County making improvements on their land is to check very carefully.

Ask a lot of questions. I guess it’s true the same laws don’t apply to everyone.



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