Recently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program assisted an elderly woman living in Accomack County, VA, to have her alternative septic system repaired. The client has owned her home for 26 years, and has been experiencing difficulty with her alternative septic system for quite some time. An alternative septic system is an onsite individual household wastewater disposal system that deviates from a traditional septic tank. It is common for households in Accomack County, VA to utilize alternative septic systems due to the area’s low water table. However, these alternative systems can be costly to maintain, and due to the client’s low-income status, she was unable to afford the cost of the necessary repairs without causing financial hardship.
Fortunately, she reached out to SERCAP, and the agency was able to provide assistance in the form of a $1,600.00 grant through the Essential & Critical Needs Program. The grant covered the full cost of the repairs, and the project was awarded to Savage Onsite Septic, LLC. Once completed, the project restored reliable access to an environmentally sound wastewater disposal solution at the client’s home.
Without SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program, and other similar services, many low-income households and communities would be forced to go without such necessities as reliable access to environmentally sound wastewater disposal solutions, clean drinking water, indoor plumbing, safe and affordable housing, community development and infrastructure needs, water/ wastewater infrastructure solutions, and more. It is important to remember that even in the United States in the 21st Century; there are those who do not have reliable access to clean, safe drinking water, environmentally sound septic facilities, and affordable housing. In order to help SERCAP continue to provide assistance to both the individuals and communities in need, please consider making a donation to SERCAP’s Water Life! Fund!
*Funding for SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program is made possible through an Annual Budget Appropriation from the Virginia General Assembly, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD). Additionally, all of SERCAP’s programs in Virginia, are leveraged by this same Budget Appropriation from the Virginia General Assembly, administered by DHCD.