Water, sewer, electrical, telephone and other services may
be unavailable or may not operate at urban standards. Repairs
can often take much longer than in towns and cities. Please
review your options from the non-exhaustive list below.
2.1 - Telephone communications can be a problem,
especially in some areas of Franklin County. If you have
a private line, it may be difficult to obtain another line
for fax or computer modem uses. Even cellular phones may
not work in all areas.
Water and Sewer
2.2 - If sewer service is available to your
property, it may be expensive to hook into the system. It
may be expensive to maintain the onsite system you use.
2.3 - If sewer service is not available, as is generally
the case in rural areas, you will need to use an approved
on-site septic system or other treatment process. The type
of soil you have available for a leach-field will be very
important in determining the cost and function of your system.
Have the system checked by a reliable sanitation firm and
ask for assistance from the Environmental Health Division
of the Benton-Franklin Health Department (BFHD).
2.4 - If you have access to a supply of treated domestic
water, the tap fees can be expensive. You may also find that
your monthly cost of service can be costly when compared
to municipal systems.
2.5 - If you do not have access to a supply of treated domestic
water, you will have to locate an alternative supply. The
most common sources of water in rural areas are private wells.
Private wells are regulated by the Washington State Department
of Health - Division of Engineering (WSDOH). The cost for
drilling and pumping can be considerable. The quality and
quantity of well water can vary considerably from location
to location and from season to season. It is strongly advised
that you research this issue very carefully. Contacts should
be made with both BFHD and WSDOH, Division of Engineering.
The Department of Ecology also has a role in the permitting
and regulation of private wells. You may want to consider
contacting them for additional input.
2.6 - Not all wells can be used for watering landscaping
and/or livestock. If you have other needs, make certain that
you have the proper approvals before you invest. It may also
be difficult to find enough water to provide for your needs
even if you can secure the proper permit. Contacts should
be made with both the WSDOH and the Washington State Department
of Ecology (WSDOE).
2.7 - Electric service may not be readily
available in every area of Franklin County. It is important
to determine the proximity of electrical power, as it can
be very expensive to extend power lines to remote areas.
2.8 - It may be necessary to cross property owned by others
in order to extend electric service to your property in the
most cost efficient manner. It is important to make sure
that the proper easements are in place to allow lines to
access your property.
2.9 - Electric power may not be available in two-phase and
three-phase service configurations. If you have special power
requirements, it is important to know what level of service
can be provided to your property.
2.10 - If you are purchasing land with the plan to build
at a future date, there is a possibility that electric lines
(and other utilities) may not be large enough to accommodate
you if others connect during the time you want to build.
2.11 - The cost of electric service is usually divided into
a fee to hook up to the system and a monthly charge for energy
consumed. It is important to know both costs before making
a decision to purchase a specific piece of property.
2.12 - Power outages can occur in outlying areas with more
frequency than in more developed areas, particularly if power
lines are difficult to access. A loss of electric power can
interrupt your supply of water from a well. Interruptions
in power may cause you to lose the food in your freezer or
refrigerator and may cause problems with computers as well.
If you live in the country, it is important to be able to
survive a week or longer in severe cold with no utilities.
2.13 - Trash removal is available in most
areas of Franklin County, but some removal can be more expensive
in rural areas than in metropolitan areas. In some cases,
your trash dumpster may be several miles from your home.
Your only option maybe to haul your trash to the disposal
site yourself. Recycling is more difficult because pick-up
is not available in most rural areas. Check with Franklin
County Burn Control, to see if you can burn trash in your