County helps residents with septic systems

Chris Dunham, PDT Sports Writer

October 27, 2012

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

The Scioto County Board of Health received $160,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help residents fix failed or failing residential septic systems.

The grant has been allocated and the health department has started gathering names to be considered in next year’s funding.

“We’ve come to the end of our allotment for contracts. The EPA has already sent out information asking agencies to sign up for funding for next year. So, we will be doing this next year,” said Melissa Spears, director of Environmental Health for the Scioto County Health Department. “I have a contact list already started from people who have been calling in and we were not able to get them on this year’s list. So far, we have about 40 names on the list and with this year’s funding we were able to help 60 residences.”

She said it’s unknown to what level the program will be funded in 2013.

“Once we are assured we are funded, we will go through our contact list and see if people had whatever the issue was fixed or if they are still interested,” Spears said.

She said the program is aimed at low to moderate income residents, depending on household size.

“If your system is failing or needs repaired and as long as you live in and own the home, you can apply,” Spears said. “Depending on household size, will depend on whether or not the funding will cover 100 percent of the project cost or if the homeowner is going to be required to pay 15 percent of the cost.”

She said those interested in applying must live in the county, can’t be hooked up to a sanitary system and the residence cannot be a rental property. To apply, call the Scioto County Health Department at 740-354-3241.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 208, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com.