Septic tank repair grant available

WINTERSVILLE – Homeowners with a faulty septic system may have the opportunity to have the system repaired or replaced through a grant program being administered through the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District.

Wendee Zadanski, soil and water conservation district natural resources specialist, said the district has funds remaining from a grant through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for failing septic system repair or replacement.

The district has $73,000 to spend by July on failing home septic systems that are causing impairment to creeks and streams in Jefferson County watersheds, Zadanski said.

The grant will cover 85 percent or 100 percent of the septic system repair or replacement project cost for those individuals successful in securing the grant funding, she said.

The district is working with the Jefferson County Health Department on the program.

Program eligibility will be dependent on household income and the condition of the septic system, Zadanski said.

The condition of the septic system will be determined through an inspection performed by the county health department. There is an inspection fee of $148.60 for this service, regardless of whether a project is funded, she said.

The number of septic systems that can be replaced or repaired through the grant will depend on the actual costs of individual projects. Applications will be scored based on watershed and environmental factors in order to determine the order in which projects are funded, Zadanski said.

Those interested in applying for funding may request an application packet from the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District by calling (740) 264-9790.

Applicants will need to provide proof of income and home ownership as well as photo identification, and must submit all required information to the district office, 587 Bantam Ridge Road, Wintersville, by 4:30 p.m. on March 21 or the application will not be considered.

“The district is working within a very tight time frame to spend the funding so it is important for homeowners to stay on schedule to provide time to secure bids and allow contractors time to complete the work,” Zadanski said.