Seneca County Health Department announces septic replacement fund availability

The Seneca County Health Department announced its participation in the Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 State Septic System Replacement Fund.

Funds for the program were made available to Seneca County through the efforts of Senator Pam Helming and total approximately $225,000, according to officials.

Properties served by an on-site wastewater treatment system that are failing and/or in need of updates, are qualified by the following:

— Within 250 feet of Cayuga or Seneca Lake;
— Single or two family homes;
— Small businesses which produce less than 1,000 gallons per day of wastewater; and
— Not a seasonal or secondary home.

The program is a reimbursement model and property owners must pay for the required engineering and site work up front. An application to receive the funding must be filed for review with the Health Department and if approved — a reimbursement of up to 50 percent of project cost may be awarded.

However, that maximum benefit is set at $10,000.

Applications are now being accepted; those interested can contact Tom Scoles at the Seneca County Department of Environmental Health for further details.

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