Catskill Watershed Corporation
Protecting water quality and preserving communities in the Catskill-Delaware New York City Watershed.

Septic Rehabilitation & Replacement Program

This program reimburses permanent residents of the West-of-Hudson NYC Watershed 100 percent of eligible costs of repairing or replacing a failed septic system. Non-primary Watershed residents are reimbursed 60 percent of eligible costs. This program does NOT pay for septic systems serving newly constructed homes.

Who is eligible for assistance?


        Septic systems must be within 700 feet of a watercourse or within the 60-day travel time priority zone in the West-of-Hudson NYC Watershed (Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan or Ulster Counties). 

        Systems must serve one- or two-family residences or home-business combinations, and use less than 1,000 gallons per day

How can you participate?


         If you receive a letter from the CWC indicating your property is located within an eligible area, you are invited to arrange for a CWC site visit.

        If it is determined that the system needs further analysis, you will need to engage a contractor to unearth part of the system to be inspected by the CWC and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

        If problems are found, they must be fixed. You are responsible for engaging a system designer, obtaining DEP approval of the proposed design, getting the necessary permits, and engaging a contractor to do the work. We recommend that you obtain a quote for the job and submit it to CWC for written approval before any cost is incurred. We determine reasonable costs based on a Schedule of Values. CWC staff can help you navigate this process.

         Once construction is complete and approved by the NYC DEP, you may file a reimbursement application with the CWC. You may request issuance of a two-party check to avoid out-of-pocket expense.

If you are not in an eligible area . . .

If the NYC DEP issues you a Notice of Failure or Violation for a failed septic system, you MUST comply with requirements and have that system repaired or replaced. First, contact the CWC to confirm whether you are, in fact, outside the eligibility area. If you are determined to be ineligible, we suggest that you save all pertinent paperwork and receipts which may allow you to be reimbursed for certain expenses should the CWC expand its coverage area and your property becomes eligible for the program at some point in the future.

Homeowners who meet income requirements may qualify for hardship assistance from the CWC, whether or not their property lies within an eligible area. Call 845-586-1400 for more information.

Schedule of Values 
Program Rules
Revised January 5, 2016
Septic System Schematic
Installing a septic system
Installing a peat filtered-septic system
Downloadable PDFs
Septic tank being lowered
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