2018-05-15 / News

Septic Repair Funding Available in NYC Watershed

Home and business owners with on-site septic systems in the Catskill-Delaware New York City Watershed are reminded to call the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) if they suspect problems with their systems.

Technical staff members from CWC will visit to explain the Septic Rehabilitation and Replacement Program and determine whether the property is eligible for total or partial reimbursement of eligible costs to repair the system.

One- or two-family residences or home-business combinations built before November 2, 1995 may be eligible if less than 1,000 gallons of water per day is used and if the property is located within 700 feet of a watercourse or reservoir in the NYC Watershed in Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan or Ulster counties.

Permanent residents are reimbursed 100 percent of eligible costs of repairing or replacing failed septic systems. Non-primary residents are reimbursed 60 percent of eligible costs.

Homeowners who participate in the CWC septic program may also qualify for an allowance to purchase a low-flow toilet. Those who meet income requirements may qualify for hardship assistance, whether or not their property lies within the specified distance of a watercourse. Two-party checks may be issued if requested.

The CWC will also assists small businesses that employ 100 or fewer people - paying up to 75 percent of eligible costs to repair or replace failed septic systems. Ineligible enterprises include apartment buildings and those served or potentially served by NYC- or municipally owned sewer projects.

The CWC encourages property owners whose systems were installed after November 2, 1995 to extend the life of the systems by getting them pumped and inspected. CWC will reimburse half the cost of a pump out for systems that are at least three years old.

The programs are voluntary. CWC is a funding and benefit organization, not a regulatory or enforcement agency. Details may be found at

During 2017, 178 failed septic systems were replaced and 263 septic systems were pumped and inspected with CWC funding.

The CWC is a non-profit, Local Development Corporation responsible for several environmental protection, economic development and education programs in the New York City Watershed West of the Hudson River.

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