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Program offers septic repairs and replacements

Assistance for septic system repairs or replacements is available for rural homeowners through WSOS Community Action Commission.

Residents of Crawford, Erie, Seneca, Sandusky or Wyandot County who are in need of system repairs or replacements, or public sewer tap-ins may be eligible for Home Sewage Treatment System (HSTS) funding. WSOS administrates the HSTS program for health districts in these counties.

“HSTS funds can help low to moderate-income rural homeowners offset the costs of system repairs, replacements or sewer tap-ins and ensure that everyone has access to safe home sanitation and do their part to improve water quality of the Lake Erie Watershed” WSOS Rural Sr. Development Specialist Cindy Brookes said.

To be eligible, residents must own and live in the home as their primary residence, or live in a home with a legally filed land contract. Residents must also have an income at or below 300% of federal poverty guidelines (e.g. $72,900 for a family of four). HSTS can provide between 50 to 100% grant funding for system repairs, replacements, or sewer tap-ins depending on household income. Once projects are approved, applicants must pay a $1,000 administrative fee for an HSTS repair or replacement or a $750 fee for sewer tap-ins to public sewers.

For more information on HSTS or to apply, contact Cindy Brookes at 419-332-2078 or email For more information on WSOS programs, visit