Funds are available to replace, repair household sewage systems


The Fulton County Health Department is asking for assistance in identifying individuals that may qualify for a new funding source that will provide 50 percent to 100 percent of the cost of replacing or repairing a household sewage treatment system that is currently failing to operate. This funding was authorized through the EPA Water Pollution Control Loan Fund in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Health. There has been $100,000 allocated for Fulton County.

Individuals interested in this funding must meet the following criteria:

The Fulton County Health Department must verify that the current home sewage treatment system is not working and requires repair or replacement.

The individual must own and occupy the home. The individual must have an income level that is at or below 100 percent of the poverty level for 100 percent funding, at or below 200 percent of the poverty level for 85 percent funding and at or below 300 percent of the poverty level for 50 percent funding.

The individual earning over 100 percent up to 300 percent of the poverty level must have the means to share in the cost of the sewage treatment system by providing 15 or 50 percent of the total cost.

Costs of soil evaluation, design, site review, permit and any other administrative fee will count toward meeting the property owner portion of the cost.

The goal is to assist in funding the repair or replacement of at least 15 failing sewage treatment systems in Fulton County. Priority will be given to failing systems in the Swan Creek – Bad Creek watershed. However, all Fulton County applicants will be considered.

An application is posted on the website www.fultoncountyhealthdept.com. For more information, contact Patricia Wiemken or Jeff Crisenbery at 419-337-0915. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call or email pat.wiemken@odh.ohio.gov.