Recently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program assisted a low-income elderly man living in Accomack County, VA, by installing a new septic tank at his home. The client had been living in his home for 44 years when someone backed over his septic tank with their vehicle, causing it to crack and begin leaking wastewater. He covered the crack in the septic tank with bricks and boards as an immediate measure to address the leak, but his temporary fix was not a viable long-term solution. However, due to his low-income status he was unable to afford the full cost of replacing the septic tank without causing significant financial hardship.
Fortunately, he reached out to SERCAP and the agency was able to provide him with financial assistance. Through its Essential & Critical Needs Program, SERCAP awarded the client a $1,200.00 grant towards the total $2,900.00 project cost. The contract was awarded to Bundick Well & Pump Co., who replaced the cracked septic tank with a new one. Now the client once again has a reliable wastewater disposal solution at his 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.