Septic grant applications until August 31, 2019
Huron County Clean Water Project accepts septic system grant applications until August 31, 2019
The Huron County Clean Water Project grant review committee has approved the first grants supporting septic system replacements under the new septic system grant category introduced in 2019. The second intake period for applications is open until August 31, 2019.
The grant review committee approved, on June 14, those projects that provide immediate benefits to water quality. Eight other septic applications are carried over, by the committee, to be re-evaluated along with new applications at the September meeting. County septic grant funding is limited so decisions are based on funding available and the projects’ impact on protecting water quality.
People living in the countryside and hamlets – including homes and cottages along Lake Huron – have septic systems to treat household waste from kitchens and bathrooms. When functioning properly, septic systems are a cost-effective, efficient method of treating waste, but they have a lifespan and faulty septic systems are a daily source of contamination. With the advent of summer, with more people in the area and more strain on septic systems, there is the potential for more septic systems to fail, according to staff delivering the program.
The Huron Clean Water Project (HCWP) is allocating a total of $40,000 to the septic system upgrade category in 2019 with a maximum grant of $2,000 per project. Systems that have the potential to contaminate drinking water and those near municipal drinking water wells are the main focus. Residences west of Highway 21 are also high priority because of their potential impact on swimming beaches.
The grant approval process for septic projects is similar to other HCWP projects. Staff will visit the site and help landowners complete the application form which is evaluated by the grant review committee. Applicants will need a cost estimate from a licensed contractor in order to apply. When the project is approved, completed and paid for, staff do a final site visit and the grant is issued.
The Huron Clean Water Project has 17 project categories to help people improve and protect water quality. The county program has provided grants to more than 2,800 projects since 2004.
Huron County people interested in applying for septic projects, or other projects of the Huron County Clean Water Project, are invited to call Doug Hocking at Maitland Valley Conservation (519-335-3557, extension 236) or Nathan Schoelier, at Ausable Bayfield Conservation (519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, extension 263).
To find out more about the Huron County Clean Water Project and grants available visit this web page: