Septic Replacement Assistance

Southampton and East Hampton towns have partnered with Suffolk County and local organizations to hold two public information sessions on septic replacement financial assistance programs.

The Concerned Citizens of Montauk and Group for the East End will meet with local residents at Southampton Town Hall Monday, April 15, at 6 PM, and East Hampton Town Hall on Tuesday, April 30, at 6 PM. The programs are designed to encourage installation of new septic systems that reduce nitrogen levels in ground and surface waters.

“There is no doubt that nitrogen from residential septic systems is degrading the water quality of our bays and wetlands,” Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said. “These town and county rebate programs provide the necessary funding to install nitrogen removing systems to help restore our water quality.”

Existing traditional systems were not designed to remove nitrogen, and pollution from aging and inefficient cesspools and septic systems has been cited as a major cause of ground and surface water degradation. Several new technology options are now available for use and have been demonstrated to remove excess nitrogen. Widespread installation and use of these innovation alternative (IA) systems would improve water quality throughout Long Island’s East End.

“Replacing traditional septic systems with those that reduce emissions of nitrogen into the environment will play a key role in eliminating threats to our ground and surface waters — the source of our drinking water and an important ecosystem that supports fishing and other recreation,” East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said. “The town and county programs are designed to make it easier for our residents to replace their antiquated systems.”

Suffolk County, through its Reclaim Our Water Septic Improvement Program, as well as both towns, have designed financial assistance programs to aid in replacement of old cesspools and septic systems. At the April meetings, representatives will discuss program eligibility requirements, implementation procedures, technical considerations, and estimated costs. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and speak with county- approved IA septic vendors.

“Many property owners are eligible to receive financial assistance from both the county and the town, allowing for the installation of an environmentally sound state-of-the art septic system at no cost,” Concerned Citizens of Montauk president Laura Tooman said. “We encourage anyone interested in these programs, whether in Montauk or elsewhere on the East End, to attend these sessions to learn about these important programs.”

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