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Grant applications being accepted for septic pump-outs

The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission recently received a grant from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to assist low- to moderate-income homeowners in complying with septic system pump-out requirements.

MPPDC finance director Beth Johnson said that the grant can pay half of an applicant’s septic pump-out in designated Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas. The grant covers the counties of Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, King and Queen, King William and Essex, plus the Town of West Point; the towns of Urbanna and Tappahannock, also MPPDC member jurisdictions, are both on public sewer.

MPPDC received $28,600, which Johnson said might provide funding to assist 130-150 low- to moderate-income homeowners. The application period opened March 1 and runs until Aug. 15 or until funds are exhausted.

The average cost for a septic pump-out is $175 to $300, of which the grant could cover a maximum of $150, Johnson said.

Eligible homeowners will receive a voucher tha...

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