Save Money, Save Your System, Save Our Water
Due to extremely high response, this program has exhausted its current funding, but will begin accepting early applications for next year's anticipated funding on May 1, 2017. Please keep your information and apply at that time. Reimbursements will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis and will be issued beginning July 5, 2017 if the funds are approved. We have doubled our funding request due to high demand.
What is it?
Septic Savers is a new Howard County program that aims to promote proper septic maintenance. We offer a $100 reimbursement (about 40% of the cost) to residents who pump their septic tanks every 3-5 years. The Howard County Health Department recommends having your tank pumped every 3 years. Apply for your reimbursement by clicking "I Agree" below and entering your address.
Hurry--we have limited funds available, as we are just beginning to phase in this program. You may only apply if you have ALREADY PUMPED YOUR SEPTIC TANK with a licensed hauler. We do not recommend or endorse any of the haulers on this list; however, these are then only companies legally able to haul waste in Howard County. Please do research to determine if a hauler and their methods are for you. If you have difficulty completing the online application or would like to have an application mailed to you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You must have your tank pumped by a licensed septic hauler (there is a complete list on the application and linked here).
- Submit proof in the form of an invoice attached to the application
- You must be a residential or agricultural1 property owner
- You must have pumped no earlier than February 6, 20172. This was the start date of the program. Unfortunately, we do not have enough funding to reimburse for pumps that occurred before this date.
Why do we have this program?
- There are a lot of things competing for your time and pocketbook. Pumping your tank regularly can fall behind other household expenses and needs, so we are trying to help you make it more of a priority. Pumping your tank on time and following other maintenance guidelines can save you thousands of dollars, as it will help you avoid costly septic failure.
- The environment needs it. Failed septic systems, resulting from a lack of pumping or other maintenance problems, can contaminate our local surface water (think streams and rivers) or even ground water (which could contaminate your well) with undesirable pollutants. Help us make sure that this doesn't happen by pumping!
- Howard County has a federal mandate to improve water quality. Septic pumping is by far the most affordable way to meet our MS4 permit requirements. Help the County use your Watershed Protection Fee money wisely by participating in this program! Your Watershed Protection Fee funds Septic Savers and many other programs; check them out here.
We are also partnering with the University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension and the Howard County Health Department to offer FREE educational septic workshops so that you can learn how (and why) to care for your system beyond just the pump. Check the schedule below and RSVP for a class now using the links below! To tide you over in the meantime, here are some basic septic do's and don'ts.
Septic clinic dates and locations:
Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville, MD 21723
- Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6:30-8 p.m., RSVP FOR THIS CLINIC
- Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 6:30-8 p.m., RSVP FOR THIS CLINIC
1-With a Soil Conservation and Water Quality Plan or eligible conservation plan
2-The date spending for this program was approved by the Howard County Council