Helping Homeowners with Sewage

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The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is reaching out a helping hand for people who are having problems with sewage in their homes.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is providing money to local health departments to help homeowners repair or replace sewage treatment systems.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department has received 45 thousand dollars to divvy out, but homeowners have to meet certain qualifications to be eligible for the monetary aid.

“A homeowner needs to own their own home, live in the home, they have to be able to pay for 25% of the costs of repairing the system, and fall under the federal guidelines with 200% of poverty income level, ” says Public Health Sanitarian Ed Schaffer.

A fifth qualification is that homeowners have to have the system installed and approved by November first of this year.

“We’ll go out and verify the systems are failing and then run them through the application process to make the money available for them to fix the systems, ” says Schaffer.

Schaffer says sewage repairs or replacements can cost anywhere between a thousand dollars to ten thousand dollars, and he says the nice thing is 75 percent of the cost won’t have to come from you pocket.

Financial help will be on a first come, first serve basis.

To find out where you need to go to get help, call the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department at 740-454-9741.