Financial assistance available for those on septic systems

Published 7:22 pm Friday, February 28, 2020



Those who attend local workshops on septic systems could get a free service on their existing systems, or even a major break on repairs or replacements. 

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On Tuesday, March 3, a Boyle County Septic Care workshop will be offered at Inter-County Energy in the second floor meeting room. A second workshop will be offered in Lincoln County on March 16. 

Lindsie Nicholas, watershed coordinator with Bluegrass Greensource, said the events are part of the Clarks Run and Hanging Fork watershed improvement program. Nicholas is working with Jason Stevens, environmental supervisor with the Boyle County Health Department, on the project, she said. 

Lindsie Nicholas, watershed coordinator with Bluegrass Greensource, says septic system owners can get major breaks on maintenance, repairs or replacements of systems by attending one of two local workshops coming up. (Photo submitted)

“We will have applications for those who attend a workshop and live in the Clarks Run or Hanging Fork watershed to apply for a free septic tank pumpout, or for an 80/20 cost-share grant for septic system repairs or replacements,” Nicholas said. 

Nicholas said failing systems can require expensive repairs, as well as pose a serious health risk to the family and neighbors. “It can also have negative impacts on water quality,” she said. Leaking or failing systems deliver raw sewage into our watersheds, she explained, which endangers both people and livestock in the area, with increased E. coli bacteria inputs into waterways. 

“There are many serious health issues that can occur from coming into contract with untreated septic waste,” she said, so proper maintenance is essential in keeping systems working efficiently, as well as preventing risks of costly failures. 

The free workshops are offered to provide education on how to properly maintain them, protecting the value of homes and protecting the environment, Nicholas said. 

A regular maintenance task of pumping out the system is recommended to be done every three to five years, and those who attend will be able to apply for funding assistance to get this done. 

Also, cost-share grants are available, which will pay 80% of the repair or replacement cost; the homeowner is only responsible for the remaining 20%. They must live in the Clarks Run or Hanging Fork watershed areas. 

Nicholas said the program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, through the Kentucky Division of Water, and focuses on the improvements of those two watersheds, which are part of the Dix River Watershed. 

For more information or any questions, contact Nichols by emailing or calling (859) 266-1572.