Toxic algae outbreaks continue to be a worsening issue not only for OHOP LAKE, but in other Pierce County lakes. This brochure from the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department helps to explain the problem.
We should all educate ourselves as to how we can do our part in decreasing the nutrients that contribute to this problem. Everyone needs to be aware of the ways in which they may be contributing to the problem:
Not everyone is on the Ohop Lake email list, so please check with your neighbors to make sure they know about this issue and aren't contributing to the problem.
Lake treatment plans
The OLIC was just advised that 2020 weed treatment will occur on August 12th. Shorelines will be marked in treated areas. Here is the map marking locations and plants to receive treatment.
Considering Septic, Outhouse, Gray Water Drainage?
If a property on Ohop Lake (Pierce County) changes legal owners an existing septic tank must be pumped and inspected along with the drain field. Results of the inspection are passed on to the Pierce County Health Department for final determination. Existing septic tanks on Ohop Lake are grandfathered in as long as they pass a visual inspection and are operating properly during normal servicing. Anti-Bacterial soap, powdered detergents, bleach, medicines, particularly antibiotics should never be introduced into a septic system on Ohop Lake. They will kill the good bacteria in a septic system and eventually find their way into the lake.
Should the cost of a septic system be cost prohibitive a property owner can install a holding tank, usually the 1200 gallon variety. As with a septic tank a holding tank would collect all waste up to and including gray water. Installation costs run about $5000.00 which includes permits, labor, hook-ups and holding tank. Property would need to be backhoe accessible. Full-time family usage would require weekly to semi-monthly service.
On those properties with ancient outhouse facilities, a simple solution is a Honey Bucket. Honey Buckets can be leased ($115.00 per month including monthly service) or they can be purchased outright for about $250.00 and be serviced on an as needed basis (about $65.00).
Property owners wishing to install septic systems and or holding tanks may be able to get financing through Craft 3 Loans (information available on the website) and in some cases the Pierce County Housing Authority.
OUTDATED SEPTIC SYSTEM?
Did you know there are loans available for replacing outdated septic systems? Clean water loans are available through Craft3. Septic systems must be at least 25 yrs old and have evidence of failing in order to be eligible. For more information: