The Septic System Replacement Fund provides funding to replace cesspools and septic systems in New York State. This grant program’s goal is to reduce the environmental and public-health impacts associated with the discharge from cesspools and septic systems. The program targets cesspools and septic systems in close proximity to priority waterbodies. Thirty counties are participating in the Septic System Replacement Fund. Please refer to the Participating Counties list below to determine if your county is participating in the program, as well as the county’s priority waterbody. Potential applicants should reach out to the local program contact to determine application process and eligible projects for that county.
The state provides participating counties with funds to work with local property owners. Participating counties provide grants to reimburse the property owner for up to 50% of the costs (up to a maximum of $10,000) of their eligible septic system project, include:
- replacement of a cesspool with a septic system; or
- installation, replacement or upgrade of a septic system or septic system components;
- installation of enhanced treatment technologies, including an advanced nitrogen removal system.
Below you will find a list of the participating counties' local program contacts and the priority waterbody.
|Participating County||Local Program Contact||Priority Waterbody|
|Tyler J. Shaw
|Canacadea Creek, which is tributary to Almond Lake|
|Park Creek and tributaries, Whitney Point Lake/Reservoir, Fly Pond, Deer and Sky Lakes|
|Cattaraugus||Eric W. Wohlers
|Cayuga, Owasco and Skaneateles Lakes|
|Chautauqua||William T. Boria, P.G.
P: 716.753.4772 F: 716.753.4344
P: 607-337-1673 F: 607-337-1720
|Chenango and Guilford Lakes|
|Upper Chateaugay Lake|
|Hillside and Sylvan Lakes|
Lake Champlain/Willsboro Point
585-344-2580 Ext. 5496
|Bigelow Creek and tributaries, Tonawanda Creek- Middle, Main Stem, Black Creek - Middle, and minor tributaries|
|Moon and Red Lakes and Indian River|
Mr. Mark Grove
|Irondequoit Bay and minor tributaries to Inrondequoit Bay, Mill Creek and tributaries, Shipbuilders Creek and tributaries|
315-435-6623 Ext. 4503
|Otisco and Skaneateles Lakes|
|Canadice, Canandaigua, Hemlock, Honeoye, and Seneca Lakes|
845-808-1390 Ext. 43157
|Saint Lawrence||Keith Zimmerman
|Black Lake, St. Lawrence Main Stem, Little River and tributaries, Lower portion of Raquette River and Indian River|
Dwass Kill and tributaries
|Lamoka and Waneta Lakes, Mill Pond|
|Seneca and Cayuga Lakes|
|Almond, Keuka and Waneta Lakes, Mill and Smith Ponds|
|Lake Ontario, Blind Sodus Bay|
585-786-8857 ext. 5163
|Silver and Java Lakes|
|Yates||Daniel R. Long
|Canandaigua, Keuka and Seneca Lakes|
Participating counties are responsible for reviewing and evaluating the applications and determine financial assistance awards based on the program criteria. The following considerations are made: property’s location in relation to a waterbody, impacts to groundwater used as drinking water, and the condition of the property owner’s current septic system. After evaluating the applications and making the funding decisions, participating counties notify the property owners of their grant awards by sending them award letters.
Below is the list of the eligible and ineligible costs associated with the Septic System Replacement Fund.
o Design and installation costs;
o costs of the system;
o system components;
o enhanced treatment technologies;
o design costs (limited only to work needed to complete approved design).
o Routine maintenance such as pump out of a septic tank;
o expenses that are not appropriately documented;
o government permit fee;
o interest and late fees;
o fines and penalties;
o sales tax payment;
o non-essential site beautification or interior plumbing changes;
o administrative work conducted by the engineer; and
o construction observation by the engineer if the engineer, or an entity owned, controlled by or employing the engineer, is also conducting the repair or replacement.
Counties which have identified priority areas will have received the following forms or letters for their use. However, they are also available here for their convenience.