The sky is not falling – yes we are now faced with changes for our septic systems and yes the real estate market of Central Oregon is tough. Residents of La Pine and all of Southern Deschutes County including Three Rivers South have been facing “local rule” for a long period of time. We all knew it would be voted in, no matter how hard we protested, questions remained as to what changes would be made and how it would effect us.
What is done is done, and I personally expect that there will be changes, challenges and even law suits over local rule. The long and short of it is at this point – we have 14 or so years to retro fit existing systems. At least now we know what the Deschutes County Commissioners have given us and what we are faced with.
We do not have to upgrade prior to the sale of a property and there will not be a cloud on the title. As a seller, you will need to disclose that this is a new rule, and as a buyer you need to educate yourself on what a property may take to be retro fitted with the new nitrate reducing system.
The majority of the homes currently on the market will require a retro fit at best, some will require a whole new system, costs will vary from home to home. What are some of the things that will effect the costs of you upgrade?
Location of the existing system – if your existing system is located in an open area chances are you will have a lower cost. Why? Because the nitrate reducing tank sits beside your existing tank, easy access to your existing tank will leave your property with less disturbance than if your tank sits under your deck or between your home and shop.
Major Repairs – if your system is failing the new system will need to be put in place. Replacing a tank is currently considered a minor repair which will not require an entire new system. However, if you need a longer drain field or the system is failing you will need to replace the entire system.
A few thoughts to those of you preparing to build, keep in mind the new system will require electricity and a phone line. The new system will require routine maintenance and placing your system where it is easily accessible may save you money down the road.