Governor Cuomo Announces $15 Million in Grants for Homeowners to Replace Aging Septic Systems
Second Round of $75 Million Septic System Replacement Program to Protect Priority Waterbodies
Funding Comes from $2.5 Billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act and Complements Water Protection Initiatives Statewide
New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $15 million in funding is available through the State Septic System Replacement Program to support homeowners. The grants are the second round from a total of $75 million provided to improve water quality and protect public health through the targeted replacement of aging and sub-standard septic systems and removal of cesspools in communities statewide. The program is a collaboration between the Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Health, Environmental Facilities Corporation, and participating counties to administer funding to qualifying homeowners.
“As we build back better, it is more important than ever that we continue to invest in our water infrastructure and help ensure clean water for New York residents,” Governor Cuomo said. “Cesspools and failing septic systems cannot be overlooked as a source of water pollution, and these funds are necessary to help communities improve water quality in some of our most vulnerable watersheds.”
Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO Joseph Rabito said, “Good water quality is key to maintaining healthy communities.