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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Central Oregon Interstate Council is pleased to announce the launch of the Central Oregon Septic Assistance Program, a new project that will provide financial assistance to homeowners at or below moderate income levels in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties offers. COSAP provides refunds to qualified homeowners who either need septic tank repairs or replacement or have recently completed septic tank repairs or replacement.
“As a paramedic, protecting groundwater and human health is my top priority. Providing these funds to Central Oregonians will have a direct impact on protecting the quality of our water for future generations,” said Christopher Haindel, Crook County Sanitarian. “ These funds will provide direct assistance to the people in our region who need it most. I would like to thank Oregon DEQ and COIC, as well as all local governments involved, for their commitment to providing these funds.” Christopher is a member of the Steering Committee and helped develop and implement COSAP.
COSAP has just launched its application, available on its website in English, Spanish or in paper form. This program is offered for a limited time only and homeowners are encouraged to apply. Applications will be continually reviewed by COIC staff and Steering Committee members. COSAP expects applicants to be informed of their status within two weeks of submission. Grants are awarded based on eligibility criteria and distributed according to program allocation.
COSAP will provide grants for both standard wastewater treatment plants and alternative treatment systems. Projects that seek to connect to sewer lines are also eligible if the original sewer system needs to be repaired or replaced. The grants are refundable and can be used to pay off the loan amount. New developments are not eligible for funding. Applicants must own the home, meet income requirements and have a clear need for maintenance on their septic systems.
The program is made possible through the collaboration of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties, county paramedics, local contractors, NeighborImpact and the Latino Community Association. COSAP is funded by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the American Rescue Plan Act.
For more information and to find the application, visit the program website (https://www.coic.org/cosap/), call (458) 666-3299 or contact your local plumbing service.