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Posted on: February 4, 2019

Funding Available for Eco-Friendly Septic Systems

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Help protect our drinking water, surface waters, harbors, and bays

Up to $46,000 now available through Town, County, and State funding programs

Install a new low-nitrogen septic system at little to no cost*

 Nitrogen pollution is the greatest threat to the health of our water and can contribute to beach closures, restrictions on shellfishing, toxic algae blooms, rust tides, and massive fish kills. The largest sources of nitrogen are cesspools and septic systems that discharge bacteria and nutrients directly into groundwater, impairing our water bodies.

Why should you upgrade your septic system now?

Traditional septic systems do not remove nitrogen from wastewater. By upgrading to a new low-nitrogen system, homeowners can have a positive impact on our water quality.  Clean water protects real estate values and means better fishing, shellfishing, swimming, and boating for all residents and visitors.

How much does it typically cost to upgrade to a low-nitrogen system?

The average total cost for approved systems, including engineering services, is approximately $21,900.00.  *Costs will vary on a case-by-case basis.

What funding programs are available?

The Town’s Septic Rebate Program is available to eligible residential and commercial property owners who replace their existing septic systems with a Suffolk County Department of Health Services-approved low-nitrogen system.

  • Eligible property owners in a Water Protection District (or owners that meet the income requirements for affordable housing) may receive a rebate for 100% of the approved costs associated with replacing an existing system with a Low-Nitrogen System, with a maximum rebate of $16,000
  • Eligible property owners in all other areas of the Town of East Hampton may receive a rebate for 75% of the approved costs associated with replacing an existing system with a Low-Nitrogen System, with a maximum rebate of $10,000

Reclaim Our Water Initiative is available to eligible Suffolk County residents for combined State and County grants of up to $30,000 for the purchase and installation of a low-nitrogen septic system.

Do these funding programs need to be paid back?

No. These programs were created to make it less expensive for homeowners to replace aging and failing septic systems with state-of-the-art technologies that significantly improve treatment, extend system life, and enhance safety.  

How can you learn more?

Contact the Town’s Natural Resources Department at (631) 324-0496 or NaturalResources@EHamptonNY.gov or visit https://ehamptonny.gov/584/Septic-Rebate-Program for more information or to apply for the Septic Rebate Program.

For information or to apply for Suffolk County and New York State grant funding visit www.reclaimourwater.info/

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