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Posted on: February 15, 2019

Continued Financial Assistance Offered to Maintain Septic Systems

All Orange County residents continue to be eligible for reimbursement of fifty (50%) to eighty (80%) percent of the expense of pumping, maintaining, repairing, or replacing existing conventional septic systems. Several different reimbursement payments are available, depending on the actual needs of the system, the payment amount above the 50% level, and household income. An application is required and must be approved prior to the work being started or funding can subsequently be denied.

System tank pump-outs and system inspections are encouraged for everyone; such preventative maintenance extends the life of a system and prevents higher costs later if the system fails. If further repairs are indicated by the inspection, the owner is eligible for the repair. The program is entirely voluntary and assistance from the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District (Culpeper SWCD) is free of charge.

The Culpeper SWCD has been providing septic system cost-share programs in parts of Orange County for the past 8-10 years and throughout all of Orange County for the most recent years.   The septic system grant options are only available while funding lasts.  Anyone interested in participating in the program should act now and contact the Culpeper SWCD soon.

These grants focus on reducing any existing or potential impacts on local ground and surface water quality. E. Coli bacteria have long been identified as being higher than expected by state water quality standards, although other pollutants can also be involved, particularly nutrients. Nitrogen contributions to ground and surface waters are well documented. An additional benefit to the property owner is the assurance that their system is functioning properly.

Funding for these projects has been secured by the Culpeper SWCD from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Further information on the program is available from the Main District office of the Culpeper SWCD at (540) 825-8591 or from the Madison Office at (540) 948-7531. A program brochure is available at

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