Suffolk County to Host Septic Improvement Program Information Session

December 28th, 2018 – Please be advised: Suffolk County is hosting an information session about the County’s Septic Improvement Program on Friday, January 4th, from 10 am. to 12 pm. at the Department of Health Services in Yaphank.

Nitrogen pollution from cesspools and septic systems has been identified as the largest single cause of degraded water quality contributing to beach closures, restrictions on shell fishing, toxic algae blooms and massive fish kills. For homeowners close to surface waters in Suffolk County, nitrogen can rapidly reach surface waters where it contributes to degradation of our marshes, bays, and beaches. Even inland, nitrogen from septic systems will eventually reach the groundwater and surface waters.

Conventional onsite septic systems are not designed to remove nitrogen. Reversing degradation of water quality will depend on the replacement of existing systems with new, individual Innovative and Alternative Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (I/A OWTS).

To make the cost of I/A systems affordable for homeowners, Suffolk County has developed the Septic Improvement Program. Under the Reclaim Our Water Septic Improvement Program, homeowners who decide to replace their cesspool or septic system with the new technologies will be eligible for a grant to offset the cost of one of the new systems.

To learn more about the Septic Improvement Program and to check eligibility, please visit

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