The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has received a $1.3 million dollar grant through the Colorado Department of Public Health, Water Quality Control Division's Natural Disaster Grant Fund to assist with the repair or replacement of on-site wastewater treatment systems impacted by the September 2013 flooding. The Natural Disaster Grant Fund was provided by HB14-1002 and issued to entities in counties where the governor declared a disaster emergency.
Damaged wastewater systems can cause contamination to rivers and streams by allowing high levels of nutrients to enter the waterways, damaging aquatic life and posing a potential threat to downstream users of the water. The goal of the grant is to ensure that wastewater systems are restored to working order to protect water quality in Larimer County.
Up to $12,500 is available per property to repair or replace an on-site wastewater system damaged in the September 2013 flooding. The funds cannot be used for work that has already been completed, no work done prior to October 27, 2014 is reimbursable. Property owners must complete an application and submit it to the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment through either the Fort Collins or Estes Park office. An Environmental Health Specialist will visit the property to determine if the property is eligible for the grant, and provide guidance for the next steps in the repair.
For more information, or to get a copy of the application please contact Larimer County Environmental Health at (970) 577-2050 or visit the Department of Health and Environment – Septic Systems.