Prevent, Promote, and Protect your Health with the Lake County General Health District
(440) 350-2543
5966 Heisley Rd
Mentor, Ohio 44060

Sewage Funding With Income at Poverty Levels

Due to the overwhelming response from residents with sewage system problems, the health district anticipates that there will be insufficient funding to assist any residents that have not contacted the office as of Wednesday, September 21, 2011.

Ohio EPA Water Pollution Control Loan Fund
Household Sewage Treatment System (HSTS) Financial Assistance Program
Fact Sheet

The Ohio EPA has announced a program for the repair or replacement of failing household sewage treatment systems. The purpose of the program is to provide six million dollars in funding for Ohio for the repair and replacement of failing household sewage treatment systems. The Funds will be distributed by the Ohio EPA through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF).
The Lake County Board of Commissioners has received $130,000 for this program and is working in conjunction with the Lake County General Health District to solicit potential participants, determine eligibility, and implement this program. The grant will provide 100% of the total system improvement costs for eligible systems where the homeowner is at the federal poverty level and 85% of the cost when the homeowner is at 200% of the poverty level with a 15% homeowner match. We are hoping to repair or replace between 8-10 systems depending on the number of qualified applicants and the cost of each job. 

Homeowner Eligibility Requirements: 

Homeowner at poverty level or under 

WPCLF HSTS Income Guidelines

Persons in Household                         Poverty Guideline*
1-4                                                            $22,050
5                                                             $25,790
6                                                             $29,530
7                                                             $33,270
8                                                             $37,010 

For families with more than 8 persons, add $3,740 for each additional person 
* Based on total family income of occupants 18 or older 

Homeowner at 200% of poverty level 

WPCLF HSTS Income Guidelines with incomes over $44,100 

Persons in Household                     Poverty Guideline*
1-4                                                         $44,100
5                                                         $51,580
6                                                         $59,060
7                                                         $66,540
8                                                         $74,020
* Based on total family income of occupants 18 or older 

• Sewage treatment system serving the home where owner resides is failing as determined by the Health District.
• Owner of the home receives system at no cost when at poverty level, receives 85% of cost with 15% match when at 200% of poverty level. Homeowners will be asked to provide income verification for all occupants of the dwelling over 18 years old in the form of a federal tax return and/or payroll receipts. Please note that income includes wages, rental income, pensions/retirement, dividends, interest, social security, welfare, alimony/child support, unemployment, disability compensation, or others. 
• Homeowners whose total annual household income exceed $74,020 are not eligible for this program. 
• Property cannot be in foreclosure. 
• The system installation and approval must be completed within one year. 
• The homeowner receiving the assistance is the titled owner and lives at the property where the sewage system will be repaired or replaced. 
• Registered Lake County Installer will repair or replace the failing sewage system in accordance with the Lake County General Health District Sewage Treatment Rules and WPCLF specifications. 

The target deadline for homeowners to apply for funding is September 30, 2011. This is an excellent opportunity for eligible homeowners that have been dealing with a failing system and have limited resources to be able to repair or replace their sewage system. Funding will be determined on a first come/first served basis, so potentially eligible homeowners are encouraged to contact Laura Kramer Kuns at the Lake County General Health District (440-350-2543) to begin the prequalification process.