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Financial assistance offered for septic repairs

Funding is available through the Peter Francisco Soil and Water Conservation District to help homeowners pay for 50 percent of the costs of septic system pump outs and repairs. The program also educates residents about proper septic system care and about the environmental and health impacts of failing septic systems. To qualify, applicants must live in the Slate River or Rock Island Creek watersheds in Buckingham County. Financial assistance is available regardless of income level. The deadline to submit applications is Nov. 16, and projects must be completed by Dec. 15. To learn more about the septic program, determine if you live in an eligible watershed, or request an application, please contact Emily Gibbs at (434) 983-7923 or (434) 392-3782 ext. 131 or via email at egibbs@ piedmontswcd.org.