Chautauqua County Receives $75 K Grant For Septic System Replacements

Chautauqua County has received $75,000 from New York state to help pay for septic system replacements in the Findley Lake area.

The grant is part of a $75 million program to improve water quality through the targeted replacement of aging septic systems in communities across New York. Through a collaboration between the state Department of Environmental Conservation, state Health Department and the Environmental Facilities Corporation, the state will support the new program in 31 counties with $15 million during its first year.

“Protecting water quality is vital to the health and future growth of our communities,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “This program builds on this administration’s efforts to upgrade and improve water infrastructure across the state and help protect New York’s lakes, streams and other environmental resources.”

The Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 established the State Septic System Replacement Fund and allocated $75 million to support the multi-year effort. The program provides resources to counties to support the replacement of aging septic systems and other wastewater infrastructure that can harm water quality by releasing pathogens or nutrient pollution such as nitrogen and phosphorus.

The state will provide money to counties to reimburse eligible property owners for a portion of the cost of replacing failing septic systems and installing more environmentally effective systems. Eligible property owners can be reimbursed up to 50 percent of eligible costs up to $10,000. Counties may also set graduated incentive reimbursement rates for septic system projects to maximize program participation and pollution reduction goals.