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Innovative Wastewater Programs Available to Colchester Residents

Interested in improving your property’s wastewater system?

As was announced in the October issue of Currently Colchester, the Town of Colchester is offering a revolving loan fund and a mini-grant fund opportunity to qualifying Colchester residents to assist with the cost of improving high-risk wastewater systems. These are important opportunities for citizens with problematic systems, and we encourage all interested parties to apply.

Photograph courtesy of Aldrich Elliott Associates
Photograph courtesy of Aldrich Elliott Associates

The Revolving Loan Fund

With the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank, the Town of Colchester has established a low-interest revolving loan fund program to assist property owners with septic issues in high-risk areas (as established by the Integrated Water Resources Management Plan).

For general information about the revolving loan fund, please click here.

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The Mini-Grant Fund

With assistance from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Town of Colchester has established a mini-grant fund to provide financial assistance to property owners in high-risk areas (also as established by the aforementioned Integrated Water Resources Management Plan).

For general information about the mini-grant fund, please click here.

The overall goal of both of these programs (which may—but need not—be combined) is to improve the quality of our groundwater, surface waters, and lake water. The specific goal of these programs is to assist property owners with both problematic on-site systems and limited economic resources in mitigating the issues associated with their septic issues. Priority for both funding opportunities will be given to systems with the highest environmental risk; financial need will also be taken into consideration. Decisions regarding applications for both programs are made by a subcommittee. For the proposed 2013 qualifications and criteria for both programs, please click here.

For more information, please contact wastewater official Denise Johnson-Terk by e-mail at dterk@colchestervt.gov or by phone at (802) 264-5601.

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