Recently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program assisted a low-income elderly couple living in Northampton County, VA, to have a new individual household well installed at their home. The couple has been living in their home for 25 years, but just recently their individual household well completely collapsed, leaving them without reliable access to potable water at their home. They desperately needed a new well, but due to their low-income status they were unable to afford the total cost of drilling a new well, without causing financial hardship.
Fortunately, they reached out to SERCAP and the agency was able to provide the couple with financial assistance. Through its Essential & Critical Needs Program, SERCAP awarded the clients a $1,000.00 grant towards the total $7,400.00 project cost. The contract for drilling the new well was awarded to Bundick Well & Pump Co., and drilling will commence in the near future. Once the project is complete, the new individual household well will restore reliable access to clean, safe drinking water at the clients’ 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.