Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays
Increased wastewater treatment from residential septic systems and cesspools is needed to protect our groundwater and surface waters from the negative impacts of nitrogen pollution.
Increased wastewater treatment from residential septic systems and cesspools is needed to protect our groundwater and surface waters from the negative impacts of nitrogen pollution. This can be done through sewering or installation of innovative/advanced onsite wastewater treatment systems.
Suffolk County is embarking on a major change to the way we handle our wastewater and it involves everyone who lives in the county.
The Suffolk County Reclaim Our Water Initiative is currently evaluating wastewater treatment systems to see what technologies will be most effective in areas throughout the county to decrease nitrogen pollution and providing homeowners an incentive to install nitrogen removing wastewater systems on their properties through the Septic Improvement Program.
On July 3rd, 2017 a new incentive program was announced to provide grants and low-interest financing to make the installation of new nitrogen reducing septic systems affordable for homeowners. The program is the next step in the Suffolk County Executive’s plan to reverse decades of nitrogen pollution of ground and surface waters which has led to widespread beach closures, harmful algae blooms and fish kills.
There are multiple technologies approved by Suffolk County that you can install on your property! These technologies reduce the nitrogen entering the groundwater from our wastewater by more than 70%.
Click here for more info about the Septic Improvement Program
In addition to Suffolk County’s program, some East End towns are offering additional funding through the Community Preservation Fund for upgrades of septic systems and cesspools in certain areas:
In addition to installing innovative/advanced wastewater treatment systems, follow these other guidelines to protect local groundwater and surface waters: