Submitted by Thurston County

It’s National Public Health Week and we are celebrating this week by sharing more about the work that Thurston County Public Health & Social Services (PHSS) staff do as a part of local public health work. Water is critical to life. Providing safe drinking water was one of the most important public health achievements of the 20th century. During this time of COVID-19 ensuring a safe and reliable supply of drinking water is an essential service that our Drinking Water Program staff continue doing.

Currently the staff of this program are following social distancing guidelines and working on a modified schedule to keep existing projects moving. Work is continuing during this time. This includes:

  • Inspecting well sites and new construction wells.
  • Keeping our public health drinking water lab up and running and processing existing accounts.
  • Working with our Onsite Sewage Systems Program who are still doing reviews and approvals for permits, along with time of transfer evaluations of septic systems for property sales.

This important work not only keeps our community safe, it also helps to support keeping our economy moving through home and property sales. If you have questions for the staff of this program, call them Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 360-867-2673.

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