With funding through the Ohio EPA, the Highland County Health Department has nearly $300,000 to spend on failing household sewage systems of homeowners in Highland County.
According to information released by Highland County Health Commissioner Jared Warner, the county’s health department received a $297,000 grant from the Ohio EPA’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund program.
Eligible systems are residential and are individual household systems such as septic tanks, mound systems, and aerator systems, Warner said.
In order to be eligible for the funding, sanitarians from the health department need to verify that the system is not working properly, according to the statement. Homeowners must also be financially eligible, based on income. As an example, a family of four with a household income of less than $24,250 is eligible for having 100 percent of their repair costs covered. A family of four making $72,750 is still eligible for 50 percent of their costs to be covered, according to information provided by Warner.
Further poverty guidelines for coverage provided by Warner include: a five-person household with less than $28,410 income is eligible for 100 percent coverage, with less than $56,820 income eligibility is for 85 percent of the cost, and with less than $85,230 income is eligible for 50 percent of the cost; a six-person household with less than $32,570 income is eligible for 100 percent of the cost covered, with less than $65,140 income eligible for 85 percent, and with less than $97,710 eligible for 50 percent of the cost covered; a seven-person household with less than $36,730 income is eligible for 100 percent of cost covered, with less than $73,460 for 85 percent covered, and less than $110,190, eligible for 50 percent of the cost covered; an eight-person household with less than $40,890 income is eligible for 100 percent of cost covered, with less than $81,780 for 85 percent covered, and less than $122,670, eligible for 50 percent of the cost covered.
“This program is a great opportunity for homeowners to get failing sewage systems repaired, and for our county to improve the health of our environment,” Warner said. “If you have a septic problem, or if you think your system might be failing, call the health department and take advantage of this grant program before this money is gone.”
According to the information provided, the program is on a first-come, first-served basis. All funds must be spent before September 2017.
Contact the Highland County Health Department to learn more about the program at 937-393-1941, or by email at [email protected]. For more information about the health department, go to highlandcountyhealth.org.