Help offered household sewage systems 2011.11.16

Written by David Green.

The Fulton County Commissioners, the county health department, and Regional Planning Commission are asking for help from the public to identify individuals who may qualify for new funding that will provide 85 to 100 percent of the cost to replace or repair a household sewage treatment system currently failing to operate properly.

Funding was authorized through the Environmental Protection Agency Water Pollution Control Loan Fund, and $60,000 has been allocated to Fulton County.

Individuals interested in receiving funding must meet the following criteria:

• The Fulton County Health Department must verify that the current home sewage treatment system is not working and requires repair or replacement.

• The individual must own and occupy the home.

• The individual must have an income level that is below 100 percent of the poverty level for 100 percent funding and below 200 percent of the poverty level for 85 percent funding.

• An individual who earns 100 to 200 percent of the poverty level must have the means to share in the cost of the sewage treatment system by providing 15 percent of the total cost. 

Costs of site review, soil evaluation, permit, and any other administrative fees will count toward the 15 percent cost share.

The average sewage system costs between $6,000 and $10,000. The goal is to assist in funding the repair or replacement of at least six failing sewage treatment systems in Fulton County.

For an application or more information, contact Kim Cupp or Jeff Crisenbery at 419/337-0915. 

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