Consider these issues:

  • Water-Learn how water is supplied to the property. Irrigation and water rights are complex issues and you may not have permission to use surface and/or ground water that runs across your own land. Rivers, streams, and wetlands may also require special management. For further information regarding these concerns call the Department of Ecology’s Water Resource Department 509-329-3464. Or if regulating agencies make you nervous or you aren’t sure what to ask them, contact POCD and we will assist you by making the call or any way that makes you feel comfortable.
  • Winter-Weather can be severe. Be prepared for power outages by having at the minimum an alternative heat source that does not require electricity to operate such as a wood stove, propane or kerosene heaters etc. Other things to have on hand: candles, flashlights, batteries, 3 days minimum supply of food and water. Have a survival kit in each of your vehicles should you be on the road when a storm hits. Be prepared to shovel or plow snow out of your driveway or stay put for several days. Meet your neighbors, and work to develop good relationships. You may need their help sooner than you think.
  • Land Maintenance-Maintaining your property can be hard work. Are you prepared to learn about irrigation pumps or spend countless hours maintaining tank systems to treat and dispose of waste water. A well designed, installed, and maintained septic system can provide years of reliable low-cost service. When these systems fail, property damage, ground and surface water pollution, and disease outbreaks can occur. Learn about your septic system. How is your system designed? Where are pipes routed from? Where is the outflow area? When the system last pumped? Your County Health Department can help you inspect your septic system and give you information on maintenance. For information regarding septic systems and storm water or waste water contact the Tri-County Health Department 509-447-3131.