McKenzie River flowing over mossy rocks
EWEB Offers Septic System Financial Assistance for McKenzie Watershed Homeowners 04/28/2017

Our Drinking Water Source Protection Program is again offering two plans to assist homeowners in the McKenzie Watershed with septic system repairs, replacement, inspections and pump-outs.

Funds are available for cost-share and zero-interest loan programs, which were established to encourage homeowners to regularly maintain their septic systems and to assist those who need to repair failing systems. Properly-functioning septic systems will help to protect the excellent water quality of the McKenzie River - Eugene's sole source of drinking water.

The septic system cost-share program will reimburse homeowners upstream of our drinking water intake 50 percent of the cost for a septic system inspection and pump-out, if needed. (Note: Homeowners who have had their systems inspected or pumped out within the past three years are not eligible.)  In addition, we will reimburse 50 percent of the cost of minor, necessary septic system repairs that cost up to $300.

The program has assisted more than 200 homeowners with inspections/pump-outs since the program began in 2011 to maintain and improve water quality. The zero-interest loan program is designed to address septic systems that need repairs in order to function properly, or to replace failing systems. The maximum loan amount is $10,000, with a maximum repayment term of 60 months. For both programs, homeowners need to use a Department of Environmental Quality-approved contractor and provide EWEB with documentation of the work completed.

For more information, please visit: or contact Nancy Toth ( at 541-685-7438.