CCOM and Group for the East End Partner on Septic Information Series

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The Concerned Citizens of Montauk (CCOM) announced late last month that it would partner with the Group for the East End, Suffolk County and the towns of East Hampton and Southampton to host two public information sessions on county and town septic replacement financial assistance programs. The programs are designed to encourage resident to install the new septic systems, which reduce nitrogen levels in ground and surface waters.

The first session will be held on Monday, April 15, at 6 p.m. at Southampton Town Hall, 116 Hampton Road in Southampton. A second session will be held on Tuesday, April 30, at 6 p.m. at East Hampton Town Hall, 159 Pantigo Road in East Hampton.

Suffolk County, through their Reclaim Our Water Septic Improvement Program, and the Towns of Southampton and East Hampton, each have designed financial assistance programs to aid in replacement of old cesspools and septic systems. At the April meetings, representatives from Suffolk County and the Town of Southampton (April 15th) or East Hampton (April 30th) will be present to discuss program eligibility requirements, implementation procedures, technical considerations and estimated costs. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the county and town representatives and the county-approved I/A septic vendors.

“Many property owners are eligible to receive financial assistance from both the county and the town, allowing for the installation of an environmentally sound state-of-the art septic system at no cost,” CCOM president Laura Tooman said. “We encourage anyone interested in these programs, whether in Montauk or elsewhere on the East End, to attend these sessions to learn about these important programs.”

“There is no doubt that nitrogen from residential septic systems is degrading the water quality of our bays and wetlands,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “These town and county rebate programs provide the necessary funding to install nitrogen removing systems to help restore our water quality”

“Replacing traditional septic systems with those that reduce emissions of nitrogen into the environment will play a key role in eliminating threats to our ground and surface waters — the source of our drinking water and an important ecosystem that supports fishing and other recreation,” East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said. “The town and county programs are designed to make it easier for our residents to replace their antiquated systems.”

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