TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Funding is available for property owners along the shore or near Cayuga Lake to replace failing or inadequate sewage systems, the Tompkins County Health Department said in a news release.

The health department is in the second year of a grant program established by the 2017 Clean Water Infrastructure Act, that allocates money to “communities along impaired waterbodies for the replacement or repair of poorly functioning sewage systems.”

Property owners who are eligible can be reimbursed up to 50% of costs for sewage system projects up to $10,000. The health department said the eligibility criteria has broadened since the initial rollout last year to include seasonal and second homes.

For more information, visit the Division of Environmental Health’s State Septic System Replacement Program webpage.

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