Septic program changes benefit more homeowners

A change in eligibility requirements for the Catskill Watershed Corporation’s Septic Rehabilitation and Replacement Program means that nearly 900 additional homeowners may be eligible to participate. Letters have been mailed to some 880 people whose properties are within 200 feet of a watercourse in the latest extension of the program eligibility distance. The voluntary program has widened progressively, from 50 to 100 to 150 feet, and now to 200 feet from a watercourse. Properties within 500 feet of a reservoir stem are also targeted.
Homeowners in the New York City Watershed in Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan or Ulster counties whose properties fall within the eligibility distance may sign up to have their system pumped out and inspected. A call to the CWC to arrange an initial visit with technical staffers is the first step.
Participation is entirely voluntary. Those who sign up agree to have their system examined. If the system appears to have failed, or is likely to fail, the CWC will reimburse full-time residents 100 percent of the cost of replacement. Part-time or nonresident property owners will be reimbursed 60 percent of eligible repair or replacement costs.
Your one-or-two-family residence or home-business combination must use less than 1,000 gallons of water per day.
Systems installed in conjunction with construction of new homes are not eligible for reimbursement.
In addition, homeowners who can prove their septic systems were repaired or replaced between July 2, 1999 and December 31, 2007, regardless of whether those systems are located in the current priority area, may be eligible for reimbursement for those repairs.
Call the CWC at 845 586-1400 (toll free 877 928-7433) to request a reimbursement form. You must also produce contractor receipts and proof of construction approval from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).