Beaufort News

County to fix faulty septic systems

People who live near the Okatie River in a home with a faulty septic system might be eligible for help paying for repairs.

Beaufort County is working with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, the Lowcountry Council of Governments, Jasper County government, the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority and others to start a cost-sharing program that improves septic systems for eligible households. The project, announced in a news release Monday, is part of a campaign to protect local waterways.

Funds will be provided by DHEC through an EPA grant. In-kind services will be provided by the staff of Beaufort County, LCOG and others.

"Septic tanks are a big concern in our low-lying region, and I hope residents will take advantage of this opportunity if they think their system may not be working properly," Beaufort County Council Chairman Weston Newton said in the release. "Local governments must also continue our efforts to work together to find solutions, such as requiring 'green' development projects and the retrofitting of existing projects. We must refuse to allow this essential natural resource to become debilitated."

Information: Contact Billie Lindsay, Beaufort County Planning Department at blindsay@bcgov.net, 843-255-2147 or okatiesepticsystem.wordpress.com.

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