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I/A OWTS Grants & Rebates

Nitrogen pollution from cesspools and septic systems has been identified as the largest single cause of degraded water quality contributing to beach closures, restrictions on shell fishing, toxic algae blooms, and massive fish kills. Thousands of parcels are currently served by polluting cesspools and septic systems, but will never connect to a sewer system. Reversing degradation of water quality will depend on replacement of existing systems with new, individual Innovative and Alternative Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (I/A OWTS).

Over the past several years, Suffolk County has assertively set the stage for the transition to the use of these new systems. To make the cost of I/A systems — with an average total cost of $19,200, contingent on system requirements and site constraints — more affordable for homeowners, Suffolk County has developed the Septic Improvement Program. Under the Reclaim Our Water Septic Improvement Program, homeowners who decide to replace their cesspool or septic system with the new technologies will be eligible for a grant of up to $30,000 from Suffolk County and New York Stake to offset the cost of one of the new systems.

In addition to the grant, homeowners can qualify to finance the remaining cost of the systems via a loan, payable over 15 years at a low 3% fixed interest rate. The purpose of the loan is to provide “gap” funds to finance the difference between the grant to be provided by Suffolk County and the contract amount needed to install the replacement septic system. Financing up to $10,000 is available.


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New York State I/A OWTS Grants

Funding Available

Max Base Grant: $10,000

Eligibility Requirements

  • Available for installation or upgrade to a new I/A OWTS system
  • Available for residential and commercial projects with less than 1,000 gpd of sewage flow
  • Seasonal and second homes are eligible
  • No income or ownership restrictions
  • Not available for new construction on vacant lot
  • Not available to cover system design costs

Suffolk County I/A OWTS Grants

Starting January 22, 2019 Suffolk County residents may be eligible for combined State and County grants of up to $30,000 to install an Innovative and Alternative nitrogen removal septic system. The additional funding will make it less expensive for homeowners to voluntarily replace aging and failing cesspools with state-of-the-art technologies that significantly improve treatment, extend system life, and enhance safety.

Funding Available

Max Base Grant: $10,000
Additional Grants of:
$5,000 for installation of pressurized shallow djainfield or nitrogen polishing unit
$5,000 for low to moderate income household

Loan:
Up to $10,000 available through CDCLI at 3% interest over 15 years to cover costs in excess of grant money

Eligibility Requirements

  • Available for installation or upgrade to a new I/A OWTS system on residential property
  • Seasonal and second homes are eligible
  • No income or ownership restrictions
  • Not available for new construction on vacant lot
  • Not available to cover system design costs

LINK TO SUFFOLK COUNTY & NYS GRANTS


Town of Southampton

Funding Available

Max Base Grant: $20,000
100% of project cos if AGI is under $300,001
50% of project cost if AGI is between $300,001 and $500,00
25% of project cost if AGI is between $500,001 and $1,000,000

Eligibility Requirements

  • Property must be in the high or medium priority area on the Water Quality Improvement Project Plan or the I/A System is required by the Town’s Conservation or Environmental Board
  • No ownership restrictions
  • Not available for new construction on vacant lot

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Town of East Hampton Septic Incentive Program

East Hampton Property Owners are eligible for an incentive to install a low-nitrogen sanitary system on their property:

Funding Available

Max Rebate of:
$20,000 for property in Water Protection District or homeowners who qualify for affordable housing
$15,000 for all other property

Eligibility Requirements

  • Available for residential and commercial projects
  • No restrictions on ownership
  • Not available if new system is required as part of NRSP or Site Plan application
  • Not available for new construction on vacant lot
  • Combined income must be less than $500,000

With the passage of the local law extending the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) and expanding its use to include Water Quality Improvement Projects, the Town has access to funding to incentivize the voluntary upgrade of standard sanitary systems to Low-Nitrogen Sanitary Systems.

*Under IRS guidelines, your septic rebate will be considered personal income and the Town will be issuing you a Form 1099.  Please consult your accountant or financial advisor to discuss tax implications.

LINK TO EAST HAMPTON TOWN SEPTIC PROGRAM


Contact us to find out if you are eligible for the Suffolk County Septic Improvement Program which offers grants and low-interest financing. Certain townships also offer rebates of up to an additional $15,000. Let us help you find out what options are out there for you to offset, or sometimes cover the entire cost of your new sanitary system.

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