Septic Replacement Fund FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The program is administered by participating counties and each county has a Local Program Contact who can help determine eligibility and next steps for the program. Please refer to the Participating Counties section and find your county‚Äôs Local Program Contact and reach out to them.

If your county is not listed in the Participating Counties section then your county is not eligible for the program. However, you may want to reach out to your local County Health or Planning Department to see what other programs the county may have to assist you.

The list of eligible waterbodies for Round 2 is final. The legislation creating the program focused on improving water quality in those waterbodies that have documented impairments from septic system pollution. To meet the legislative intent of the program, for Round 2 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation developed screening criteria that focused on documented water quality impairments and potential for septic replacement to improve water quality.

All data should be submitted to the NYSDEC during the data solicitation period. The data solicitation period is currently underway for the 2020/2022 Integrated Report/(303(d) List). The announcement was made in the May 19th issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin and the May 21st issue of DEC Division of Waters e-newsletter Making Waves. The data solicitation period will close on September 27, 2021.  Sign up here to receive future editions of Making Waves.

New York City is continuing to build out the sewer systems in their jurisdiction, therefore none of the five Boroughs (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, or Staten Island) are eligible for the State Septic Replacement Program. Sewering is the best solution to improve water quality. People with properties on septic systems or are considering installation of septic systems are encouraged to reach out to New York City Department Environmental Protection to see what options are available. Below is the NYCDEP link for more information.

NYCDEP Sewer Certification and Connection Permits