Established as part of the Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 (L.2017, c.57, Part T), the Septic System Replacement Fund provides a source of funding for the replacement of cesspools and septic systems in Ontario County. It also seeks to reduce the environmental and public-health impacts associated with the discharge of effluent cesspools and septic systems on groundwater used as drinking water as well as threatened or impaired water bodies such as Seneca, Canandaigua, Honeoye and Canadice Lakes. The State Departments of Environmental Conservation ("DEC") and Health ("DOH") determined Ontario County's lakes as priority geographic areas where the Program will provide grants for eligible septic system projects. An area's designation as a priority is based on its vulnerability to contamination (e.g. the presence of a sole-source aquifer or a known water-quality impairment), population density, soils, hydrogeology, climate and reasonable ability for septic system projects to mitigate water quality impacts. Under the Program, Ontario County can access monies from the Fund to provide grants to reimburse property owners for up to 50% of the eligible costs (up to a maximum of $10,000) of their eligible septic system projects. Ontario County is partnering with the Ontario County Soil & Water Conservation District in the administration of this program. Please visit their website for additional information on the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Inspection Program (Canandaigua Lake) and the Septic Inspection Program (Seneca, Honeoye and Canadice Lakes): www.ontswcd.com The Program provides grants for eligible "septic system projects" involving: - the replacement of a cesspool with a septic system, or - the installation, replacement or upgrade of a septic system or septic system components, or installation of enhanced treatment technologies, including an advanced nitrogen removal system The Environmental Facilities Corporation administers the funding for this program, which would be requested by Ontario County following an approved and completed project. https://www.efc.ny.gov/SepticReplacement Special thanks to Senator Pamela Helming for the work in helping secure the funding to help preserve our valuable Ontario County lakes.