Septic Financial Aid Program Evaluations:
The Onsite Septic Financial Aid Program is a new opportunity for DEQ to issue grants to eligible partners to assist property owners and small businesses with old or failing septic systems. The 2021 Oregon Legislature allocated $15 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, funds to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to address problems related to failing and outdated septic systems around the state.
These ARPA funds are intended to address water quality concerns while targeting public health and economic hardships that were caused or worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic. DEQ will issue pass-through grants to eligible public agencies, tribes, local governments, and community development financial institutions. These partners will in turn administer and disperse grants and loans locally for septic system evaluations, repairs, and replacements. For more information, see the Onsite Septic Financial Aid Program Fact Sheet.