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Wayne Allen

Common Staff Writer

The Scioto County Board of Health has received $160,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help fix failed or failing residential septic systems throughout the county.

On Tuesday the Scioto County Commissioners approved round two of funding totaling $16,490. Round two includes seven projects in Franklin Furnace, South Webster, Minford, Lucasville and McDermott.

“This program is aimed at low to moderate income residents, depending on household size. If you system is failing or needs repaired and as long as you live in and own the home, you can apply,” said Melissa Spears, director of Environmental Health for the Scioto County Health Department. “Depending on household size, will depend on whether or not the funding will cover 100 percent of the project cost or if the homeowner is going to be required to pay 15 percent of the cost.”

She said funding for this program was first available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The Scioto County Commissioners recently approved the first round of 15 projects totaling $40,000.

She said projects will be funded as funding will be made available.

“We have $120,000 that we have access to. Until that’s gone, we can keep awarding projects,” Spears said. “We have until December to have the systems put in.”

She said those interested in applying must live in the county, can’t be hooked up to a sanitary system, and the residence cannot be a rental property. To apply call the Scioto County Health Department at 740-354-3241.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-1151, or wallen@communitycommon.com.

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