Financing available to homeowners for failing wells or septic systems


Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Natural Resources Agency is providing $1 million in funding under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to help low- and moderate-income Vermont homeowners repair or replace their water systems or failing or inadequate on-site sewage systems – often referred to as wells or septic tanks.

Eligible homeowners with defective or inadequate wells, springs, septic tanks, leaching fields or sewage systems are encouraged to apply for funding by April 15, 2022 to be considered for the first round of funding . With this funding, Vermonters will have access to safe drinking water and proper sewage disposal. Applicants will be notified of first-round scholarships in May and June 2022, and scholarships must be expended by the end of 2026. Starting April 16, 2022, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and funding will be provided based on availability .

“Properly functioning water and wastewater systems are essential to the people of Vermont and to our Agency’s mission to safeguard human health and protect Vermont’s natural resources,” said Peter Walke, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. “By providing financial assistance to low- and middle-income homeowners who may already be struggling due to the pandemic, we hope to ensure that Vermonters have the ability to fix these systems quickly.”

Eligibility requirements include:

  • A failing or inadequate drinking water or sewage system
  • Residential building owners who own and reside on the property
  • Single units or owner-occupied multi-family homes, up to four units
  • Households earning up to $120,000 per year

Community groups cannot receive the rewards directly, but can help homeowners by directing them to this program and helping them apply when needed. For those with accessibility needs, the Agency has a dedicated staff member who can help complete the application at no cost to those requesting this additional assistance.

For more information, visit funding webpage | (

Interested parties are also invited to attend a webinar on Friday, March 18, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Microsoft Teams | ( or call 802-828-7667, conference call number: 361 521 6# to learn more and ask questions about the process.

The Department of Environmental conservation is responsible for protecting Vermont’s natural resources and safeguarding human health for the benefit of this generation and future generations. To visit and follow the Department of Environmental Conservation on Facebook and instagram.

3.4.2022. MONTPELIER, Vermont – Vermont Natural Resources Agency


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