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Septic system financial assistance

EWEB's septic system financial assistance programs are designed to help homeowners in the McKenzie Watershed proactively maintain their septic systems and drainfields and make needed repairs to protect water quality.

Cost-share program

EWEB will reimburse homeowners upstream of EWEB's drinking water intake 50% 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. Homeowners will not be reimbursed for the cost of additives to their system, digging to locate the septic tank or installation of risers.) In addition, EWEB will reimburse 50% of the cost of minor, necessary septic system repairs that cost up to $300. Limited funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Note: This program is specifically for watershed residents, NOT commercial businesses.

New Inspection Form

As of January 2014, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) passed a rule requiring the use of an Existing System Evaluation Report (ESER) for septic system inspections. This new form helps to standardize the way in which septic system inspections are performed and reported and helps to make homeowners aware of all of the components of a comprehensive septic system inspection. Homeowners need not have all system components inspected, although this is strongly encouraged by both DEQ and EWEB. At a minimum, EWEB requires documentation that the following components were evaluated:

  • Approximate age of the system
  • Type of system
  • Size of tank
  • Type of tank material
  • Condition and integrity of baffles
  • Overall condition/integrity of tank
  • Diagram of the location of the septic tank, distribution box, and drainfield (if possible) in relation to the house and rest of the property
  • General site evaluation: any drainfield issues, ponding, odors, or other evidence of system failure
  • Recommendations for any repairs needed
  • Estimate for next service date

EWEB requires the use of a certified professional. Septic system installers and maintenance providers are able to provide septic system inspections. The DEQ has recently developed a Septic Smart webpage which contains a list of contractors who can provide inspections. However this list is not all-inclusive. If a septic contractor that you would like to use does not show up on this list, please check the installer and maintenance provider lists on the DEQ website.

In order to receive reimbursement under the cost-share program, please submit a copy of your invoice and inspection report to:

Nancy Toth
500 East Fourth Ave.
PO Box 10148
Eugene, OR 97440-2148

Please note that reimbursements may take 2-4 weeks to be processed.

Questions?

Email us for more information, or call Nancy Toth at 541-685-7438 or Karl Morgenstern at 541-685-7365.

Zero-interest loan program

Loans up to $10,000 are available to homeowners and limited grant funds are available for low-income families.

Approved loan types

This program is designed to address septic systems that need repairs in order to function properly. It is not intended for routine maintenance or pumping.

Work included

  • Repairs to the septic tank, lid, baffles, etc.
  • Repairs to the drainfield lines
  • Installation of a new tank or drainfield to replace a failing one

Work not covered

  • Installing septic system risers
  • Work tasks associated with digging up or removing structures that were built on top of the system (driveways, decks, etc.)
  • Landscaping after work is complete

Who can apply?

Homeowners with properties upstream of EWEB's drinking water intake (Hayden Bridge) will be eligible for loans. Applicants do not have to be EWEB customers.

Questions?

Email us for more information, or call Nancy Toth at 541-685-7438 or Karl Morgenstern at 541-685-7365.