Septic to Sewer Program
Is your home on a septic system? If so, we invite you to learn more about our Septic to Sewer Program. The Septic to Sewer Program provides an easy and affordable solution to septic system property owners in our service area who would like to make a connection to our safe, reliable public wastewater system.
Warren County Stormwater and Warren Water are working to protect and enhance the quality of our water resources, improve wastewater disposal service and eliminate the potential for environmental health problems. The Septic to Sewer Program was developed to help eliminate water quality and service problems from failing septic systems by providing an opportunity to replace septic systems with safe, public sanitary sewer connection. The program offers affordable, interest free financing to homeowners.
Reasons to Connect
- Increased Home Value
- More desirability to potential buyers
- Less Maintenance
- Reliability improvements
- Odor Free
- Expansion Options (gain buildable land)
- increased building/landscaping options
- Financing Support (county residents)
- Interest Free Loan (up to $4,800)
- 48 month payback period
- Available to customers in good standing with Stormwater fees and good credit history with Warren Water
- Environmental Improvements
- Failing septic systems pose a risk to surface water, groundwater and public health
- Ensures wastewater is properly treated by professionals
Septic to Sewer FAQs
Why is this program important?
- Failing septic systems are a potential source of increased pollution to our water resources.
- Failing septic systems often don’t fully treat waste, which can then migrate to a nearby stream, lake or shallow drinking water well.
- In extreme cases, failed drain systems can result in untreated waste in yards, creating a major health hazard.
How does the program work?
- Warren County Stormwater and Warren Water have partnered to make this program available within our service area. An Interest free loan with a limit of $4,800 and a payback period of 48 months will be offered to eligible customers that complete the application and receive approval. Customers must be current on all Stormwater fees and have a good credit history with Warren Water to proceed with the application.
- Once the application is approved, the customer executes the agreement to begin the process of connecting to sewer. A check will be sent to the customer within 30 days and the customer must connect within 180 days of the agreement.
- The invoice will appear on your existing water bill and payments will be made to Warren Water to pay back the loan. Once you are connected to sewer your bill will appear on your water bill as well.
What are my costs?
- There are NO costs to you UNLESS you CHOOSE TO CONNECT to the sewer system. The following information is for property owners who DO wish to connect.
- For those who do connect, an interest free loan with a limit of $4,800 and a payback period of 48 months will be offered to eligible customers that complete the application and receive approval. Customers must be current on all Stormwater fees and have a good credit history with Warren Water to proceed with the application. The interest free loan can be used to cover costs associated with the connection fee, SICRA contribution, contractor/plumbing costs, permit fees, etc.
- Once the application is approved, the customer executes the agreement to begin the process of connecting to sewer. A check will be sent to the customer within 30 days and the customer must connect within 180 days of the agreement. The interest free loan payment will be added to your existing water bill.
- After connection is made, you will also see the sewer bill amount added to your existing water bill.
What if you are selling your property and you still owe on the balance of the loan?
- Those who sell their property after connecting to the public sewer system are required to pay the remaining balance of the loan at time of sale.
- Lending agencies traditionally require connection to public sewer if/when ownership of a parcel transfers from one party to another.
Do I need a contractor/plumber to switch from septic to sewer?
- Yes. We highly recommend “Due Diligence” in finding the right contractor/plumber for the job with the correct license and experience. Be an informed consumer before you select a qualified contractor or plumber for your sewer connection project by visiting the contractors licensing board’s website https://www.bgky.org/contractorslicensing.
Do I need a plumbing permit to submit with the application?
- The plumbing permit can be obtained by your plumber at the health department.