Reclaim Our Water Initiative

On March 29th, County Executive Steve Bellone announced a new incentive program to provide grants and low-interest financing to make the installation of new nitrogen reducing septic systems affordable for homeowners. The program is the next step in the County Executive’s plan to reverse decades of nitrogen pollution of ground and surface waters which has led to widespread beach closures, harmful algae blooms and fish kills.

The County Executive was joined for the announcement by County Legislators Kara Hahn, Bridget Fleming and Sarah Anker, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward Romaine, and representatives of The Nature Conservancy, Defend H20, the Long Island Builders Institute, the Long Island Regional Planning Council, the Long Island Contractors Association, and Stony Brook University’s Center for Clean Water Technology. The proposal is also supported by Citizens Campaign for the Environment, the Group for the East End, and the Long Island Pine Barrens Society.

A proposed Local Law required to authorize the program has been submitted by the County Executive to the Suffolk County Legislature. If approved by the Legislature, the program could become operational on July 1st. A public hearing on the Local Law is scheduled for April 25th, 6:30pm, at William H. Rogers Building #20, William J. Lindsay County Complex, 725 Veterans Highway, Smithtown.

Under the program, individual homeowners may be eligible for grants and/or low interest financing to cover the cost of installing a new active treatment system.

Grants will be provided to the homeowner through Suffolk County’s Septic Incentive Grant Program at a maximum of $11,000 ($10,000 for an I/A OWTS and $1,000 for a Pressurized Shallow Drainfield). Homeowners may be eligible to participate in a loan program administered by the Community Development Corporation of Long Island, a third party lender, to finance the remaining cost of the system.

For more detailed program information, please contact the Suffolk County Department of Health Services at 631-852-5814 or click on the links below for readily available program documents:

Proposed Local Law

Septic Improvement Program Summary

We want to hear from you! Join us for one our upcoming informative Town Hall meetings tolearn more about this historic program to Reclaim our Water! Click on the address link to view a Google Map of the Town Hall location.

East End Town Hall
Monday, April 24 – 7 PM
David W. Crohan Community Center/Flanders Senior Center
655 Flanders Road, Flanders

Port Jefferson Town Hall
Thursday, April 27 – 7:30 PM
Port Jefferson Village Center
101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson

Huntington Town Hall
Monday, May 8 – 7 PM
Huntington Public Library – Main Branch
338 Main Street, Huntington

Centereach Town Hall
Friday, May 12 – 7:30 PM
Middle County Library – Centereach Branch
101 Eastwood Boulevard, Centereach