Wake County sets aside $200,000 for septic and well repairs for qualifying residents

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Need septic tank or well repairs? Wake County could help with that.

A two-year pilot program was launched aimed at assisting and providing needed repairs to elderly, disabled or low-income Wake County residents.

The Department of Environmental Services and the district’s Division of Housing Affordability and Community Revitalization are working together with a $200,000 budget for the program.

Wake County Groundwater Manager Evan Kane said the county often sees faulty treatment plants that, due to cost concerns, are not being repaired, even after notifying homeowners of “their legal responsibility to fix them.”

“This program will allow us to serve the most vulnerable residents and help us assess what the need is so we can develop future programs,” Kane said.

To qualify, residents should have “a well or sewage problem that poses a health or safety hazard.”

The district also requires applicants to have an income that is less than 50 percent of Wake County’s median income — that’s $53,500 for a family of four.

“Residents’ health is at risk if their well water quality changes or their sewage system fails,” said Sig Hutchinson, chair of the Wake County commissioner. “Every family deserves clean, reliable drinking water and sanitized sanitation, regardless of their income.”

For more information on financial assistance requirements or how to apply, visit the Well and Septic Pilot Assistance Fund website or call 919-856-7400.

Need help with a different type of home repair? View other Wake County homeowner and emergency grant programs here.

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