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Community Environmental Health programs nowat DDES

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Permit customers have one-stop shopping: Plumbing and Septic System review staff from the Environmental Health Division of Public Health - Seattle & King County are now co-located with King County's Department of Development and Environmental Services in Renton.

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Community Environmental Health programs now located at DDES building
Permit customers have one-stop shopping

King County residents looking for permits and other development-related services now have an easier, more efficient way to do business with King County Government. Plumbing and Septic System review staff from the Environmental Health Division of Public Health - Seattle & King County are now co-located with King County's Department of Development and Environmental Services in Renton.

The services provided by Community Environmental Health are closely tied to building and land-based permitting programs within DDES. Co-location with DDES will place these services under one roof, providing convenient one-stop permitting services to property owners and permit customers. The move also enables improved communication and collaboration among staff from both agencies. Customers whose permitting needs come from both agencies will no longer need to travel to two sites.

Stephanie Warden, DDES Director said, "We are very pleased to have the Environmental Health Division collaborating with us to provide improved services to our mutual customers. This change provides real efficiencies for our customers and our staff groups, as they collaborate to address issues associated with permitting and land use."

"We are pleased to co-locate key public health services with DDES," said Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health - Seattle & King County. "Our staff have done a great job moving our offices from Eastgate to Renton and providing convenient one-stop permitting services for our customers."

Community Environmental Health protects the public through the following services associated with construction and land use:

  • Sewage Disposal/Platting and Land Development.  Staff in this program review sewage disposal and septic system plans. Hundreds of sewage systems and septic tanks installations are inspected each year, since faulty tanks and systems may cause leakage of raw sewage into the ground and surface water systems. Staff educate installers and sludge haulers, investigate complaints about sewage leaks, and conduct surveys of areas with high rates of failing systems. In unincorporated King County, they also evaluate land development projects to assure adequate water supply and sewage disposal systems.

  • Water Quality.  Many small public water systems provide drinking water to people living in King County. Inspectors work with these smaller systems on proper well site locations, planning, and system installation. They also evaluate and test individual water systems, provide about 3,500 consultations, and perform about 300 inspections per year.

  • Plumbing and Gas Piping.  Plumbing installations, including waste drains, vent piping, and gas piping systems are inspected each year for compliance with local regulations and the uniform plumbing code. Approximately 32,000 plumbing and gas piping inspections are conducted each year by the Plumbing and Gas Piping team.

The Seattle-based plumbing and gas piping permit and review services are still available at that location. Health staff now located in Renton have moved from the Eastgate facility. However, non-Community Environmental Health Public Health services will continue at Eastgate Public Health. For questions about these other services, call 206-296-4920.

For additional information, please contact Paula Adams, DDES Public Information and Records Officer, at 206-296-6682 or Hilary Karasz, Public information Officer, Public Health - Seattle and King County at 206-296-4767.