Wake County Launches a New Program to Support Low Income Households with Well and Septic Repairs

The Wake County Department of Environmental Services, in partnership with the Department of Affordable Housing and Community Revitalization, is initiating a pilot program to provide financial assistance to low-income households to complete well and septic tank repairs.

With a budget of $200,000, the two-year pilot program will assist low-income, elderly and disabled residents who often cannot afford the necessary repairs to their well or sewer system. With this new Well and Septic Tank Repair Fund, applicants have access to additional funds to repair or test their well and/or septic tank system.

“The health of local residents is at risk when the quality of their well water changes or when their treatment plant fails. We cannot sit idly by while these repairs are undone simply because they can’t afford them,” said Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson. “Every family deserves clean, reliable drinking water and sanitized sanitation, regardless of their income. This new pilot program will help make that a reality for those most in need in our community.”

Often, residents don’t even realize that their well or sewage system is having problems until it’s too late. That’s because problems often cannot be detected without lab testing or professional inspection. Even if the problem is reported to the homeowner, many residents are unable to make the repairs due to the high cost of repairing these systems. Contaminated water can lead to health problems. A septic tank failure can result in untreated sewage surfacing, endangering the health of local residents and contaminating the environment.

“Environmental Services often find that failing sewer systems are not repaired due to cost concerns, even after we have notified the homeowner of their legal responsibility to repair,” said Evan Kane, groundwater manager. “This program will allow us to serve the most vulnerable residents and help us assess the need so we can develop future programs.”

To apply for assistance, you should have a well or sewage problem that poses a health or safety hazard and have an income that does not exceed 50% of Wake County’s median income (currently $53,500 for a family of four). You can apply by calling 919-856-7400 or through our webform for health or septic complaints.

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