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Ohio counties receive funding to help with home septic systems

June 14, 2018 GMT

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio EPA is offering financial assistance through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund to help low- to moderate-income homeowners repair and replace failing home sewage treatment systems.

It is estimated that about 31 percent of all household sewage treatment systems throughout Ohio are experiencing some degree of failure due to poor maintenance or age, which can threaten the environment.

Health departments in 70 counties and two cities applied for up to a maximum of $200,000 each to distribute the funds under the repair program. Depending on the household income and the number of residents, homeowners may qualify for 50 to 100 percent of the total costs for home sewage treatment system repair or replacement.

From January through June 2018, $3 million has been awarded to health districts and departments in southeast Ohio counties, which include Gallia County ($200,000), Lawrence County Health Department ($200,000), Meigs County General Health District ($80,000) and Scioto County ($200,000).