CWC Extends Septic Repair Program throughout Watershed

Posted on: July 13th, 2018 by Leslie_Zucker

Home and small busi­ness own­ers through­out the New York City Catskill-Delaware Water­shed may now be eli­gi­ble for funds to repair or replace failed sep­tic sys­tems no mat­ter their dis­tance from a watercourse.

The Catskill Water­shed Corp. (CWC) Board of Direc­tors on July 9 removed the require­ment that a sep­tic sys­tem be with­in 700 feet of a water­course. The dis­tance require­ment had been extend­ed sev­er­al times since the CWC’s Sep­tic Reha­bil­i­ta­tion and Replace­ment Pro­gram began in 1995, and now is removed entirely.

The res­i­den­tial sep­tic repair pro­gram reim­burs­es home­own­ers 100% of the eli­gi­ble costs of sep­tic repairs if they are per­ma­nent res­i­dents, and 60% if they are part-time res­i­dents. The Small Busi­ness Sep­tic Pro­gram pays 75% of the cost of such repairs for busi­ness­es employ­ing 100 or few­er people.

As of June 30, the res­i­den­tial pro­gram had addressed 5,368 failed sep­tic sys­tems in the West-of-Hud­son Water­shed. Twen­ty-four busi­ness­es have par­tic­i­pat­ed in the small busi­ness program.

Both pro­grams require that sep­tic sys­tems pre-date Novem­ber 2, 1995. Own­ers of sys­tems installed since that date are eli­gi­ble for the CWC’s Sep­tic Main­te­nance Pro­gram which pays half the cost of pump­ing and inspect­ing sys­tems every three years. More than 2,000 home­own­ers have ben­e­fit­ted from the main­te­nance program.

For infor­ma­tion on the CWC’s sep­tic assis­tance pro­grams vis­it where you can find appli­ca­tion forms (Pro­grams) and view a short video of a sep­tic instal­la­tion project (Resources).

The CWC is a non-prof­it, Local Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion respon­si­ble for sev­er­al envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment and edu­ca­tion pro­grams in the New York City Water­shed West of the Hud­son Riv­er.