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Program helps those with failing septic systems

Funds are available to property owners in Todd County who have a noncompliant septic system and who meet the income requirements.

Last week, Todd County Planning and Zoning provided more information about the funding:

Septic systems that are eligible for grant funding are those that are failing as defined by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

This includes systems that cause sewage to backup frequently into home, allows sewage water to reach the ground surface, have tanks that are not water tight, cesspools and leach pits, and systems failing to have proper separation to the water table.

Grants cannot be used to cover costs on a septic system for new dwellings even if it is to replace an existing non-compliant system. Applicants must not have any existing land use violations on their property (excluding septic violations).

Successful applicants can have up to 80 percent of replacement septic system costs covered by the program. Program funds are provided by the MPCA and the Board of Water and Soil Resources.

To qualify, maximum annual household incomes can't exceed the following USDA low income levels (household sizes are listed in parenthesis): $38,900 (one), $44,500 (two), $50,050 (three), $55,600 (four), $60,050 (five), $64,500 (six), $68,950 (seven) or $73,400 (eight).

How to apply:

• Complete an application form and return it with financial verification of income level to the Planning and Zoning office (call 320-732-4420 for an application). Incomplete applications can not be considered for funding.

• Applications will be ranked when a pool of applications are received and preference for funding will be determined based on income level, condition of the existing system, proximity to surface water, and threat to health. The next deadline for submitting completed applications is June 30, 2019.

After an application is approved:

• Once notified that you have been selected to receive funding, you will need to obtain two bids from any state licensed septic installer. Return completed bid forms to Planning and Zoning.

• Sign and return cost share contract and maintenance plan to planning and zoning.

• A septic design from contractor must be submitted to planning and zoning and a septic permit purchased.

• Landowner contracts with septic installer within the timeframe specified in contract.

• Landowner submits invoice for the installed sewer to planning and zoning.

• Bills are reviewed and a county voucher prepared — this is signed by the landowner and returned.

• Landowner is paid by the county — who in turn pays the contractor in full.