The timing of future phases of the project will be determined by when  Jefferson County is able to reasonably acquire state and/or federal  grant funds so as not to overly burden potential sewer system users and  tax payers. Jefferson County is actively working to secure these funds.  With these funds, the County will need to create a Local Improvement  District (LID) to further finance the project and demonstrate local  commitment to the project. This will provide the impetus to complete the  design for the collection system (sewer lines and local pump stations).  The Sewer Advisory Group will also be reconvened to make  recommendations regarding various sewer ordinances. The County and sewer  stakeholders also need to make a final determination about who will  maintain and operate the sewer; options include the Jefferson County  Public Utilities District (PUD), Jefferson County Public Works, or other  entities. Once the County finalizes all the permits and regulations, it  can begin construction work. 

Project Timeline


As approved in the 2008 Sewer Facility Plan, the project is phased to  begin in the Port Hadlock commercial area and expand to the Irondale  area over a 20-year period, ultimately serving approximately 1,290  acres. The initial phase would serve approximately 500 acres of  commercially zoned areas along SR-116 and SR-19 Rhody Drive. The first  phase will likely involve the construction of the wastewater treatment  facility, infiltration areas, the main pipeline and pump station, and a  portion of the collection system. The design of the first phase will be  reviewed and refined during the collection system design phase.

The  subsequent phases will serve approximately 790 acres of residential  area. These later phases will involve expansions to the treatment  facility and the collection system.


The  timing of all of the phases of the sewer project is dependent on a  variety of factors.  A significant infusion of state and federal grant  funding will need to be acquired so that the project does not overly  burden the users (rate payers).  As with all sewers, the users of the  system must fund any portion of the construction not covered by grants.   Sewer users are typically charged through a combination of sewer  connection fees and assessments from Local Improvement Districts (LIDs  or ULIDs).  In addition, the sewer customers pay for the ongoing  operations and maintenance (O&M) of the system through monthly sewer  bills.  As a result, the timing of the project will also depend upon  the willingness of the affected property owners to support formation of a  Local Improvement District and pay the associated costs of connecting  to a public sewer and decommissioning existing septic system.

Below is a Future Land Use Map that has been approved for the Irondale & Port Hadlock UGA once a sewer is constructed.

Future Land Use Map for the Irondale & Port Hadlock Urban Growth Area (UGA)