Sewage repair funds available


Jennifer Michaelson - Contributing Columnist



The Madison County/London City Health District is receiving $66,700 in June to assist homeowners with repairs or to replace their existing household sewage treatment systems (septic tanks, aeration systems and or leach fields). This program is funded by the Ohio Water Pollution Control Fund through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The goal of the funding is to decrease the risk of untreated sewage getting into our waterways from failing systems. This program is based on the household income and the following qualifying parameters.

Qualifying homeowners

1) Homeowner must have lived in residence for at least six months.

2) The sewage system must be certified to be failing by the local health department.

3) Homeowner must meet one of the following household income requirements to qualify.

4) Household income is based on the adult members in the household at the time of application and will be determined from the past two months of income information in the forms of bank records, paychecks and other income records.

I. 100 percent funding — Households with total income at or below 100 percent of the 2016 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines will receive 100 percent funding for the repair or replacement of their system.

Persons in the household followed by poverty guideline:

1-4 — $24,300

5 — $28,440

6 — $32,580

7 — $36,730

8 — $40,890

II. 85 percent funding — Households with total income between 100 percent and 200 percent of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines will receive 85 percent funding for the repair or replacement of their system. The homeowner will be responsible for 15 percent of the repair or replacement costs.

Persons in the household followed by poverty guideline:

1-4 — $48,600

5 — $56,880

6 — $65,160

7 — $73,460

8 — $81,780

II. 50 percent funding — Households with total income between 200 percent and 300 percent of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines will receive 50 percent funding for the repair or replacement of their system. The homeowner will be responsible for 50 percent of the repair or replacement costs.

Persons in the household followed by poverty guideline:

1-4 — $72,900

5 — $85,320

6 — $97,740

7 — $110,190

8 — $122,670

Limitations on the funding

• Rental properties, commercial properties and new home builds are not eligible for the program.

• Funding cannot be used to expand the size of the system due to remodeling the house.

• Funding does not cover houses connected to a public sewer system.

• Funding does not cover installation or replacement of new private laterals from the house to a public sewer system.

• The program does not cover the plumbing repairs or remodel in the house.

• Contractors are reimbursed directly from the health department after the work has been completed and the final inspection has been conducted.

• Contractors used for repairs are selected by the health department via a bidding process.

• Owners who do not qualify for 100 percent funding are required to pay their portion of the repairs to the selected contractor after the final inspection has been completed by the health department.

• All work conducted under the program’s funding will begin June 1, 2017 and will continue through September 2018 as long as funds are available.

The health department is now seeking homeowners interested in the program. If you are interested in this funding opportunity, contact our sanitarian Landon McKenzie to schedule an inspection of your sewage treatment system at 740-852-3065, ext. 1518.

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Jennifer Michaelson

Contributing Columnist

Jennifer Michaelson, R.S., is the director of environmental health at the Madison County-London City Health District, 306 Lafayette St., London. She can be reached at 740-852-3065, ext. 1517.

Jennifer Michaelson, R.S., is the director of environmental health at the Madison County-London City Health District, 306 Lafayette St., London. She can be reached at 740-852-3065, ext. 1517.

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