Log In   ·   Become A Member
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/2082.gif

Dirty Wastewater Might Equal Clean Cash For East End Homeowners


Pollution of both surface and groundwater by nitrogen that is released from cesspools and septic systems are impacting water quality. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)

Have you noticed the poor water quality, along with wastewater disposal issues that are affecting the East End? The towns of East Hampton and Southampton have, and along with town supervisors and village mayors from across the East End, a regional initiative to address these issues proposes a state fund to provide rebates of up to $5,000 per residence to homeowners to install hi-tech enhanced wasterwater systems on their property.

What is the actual culprit?

Pollution of both surface and groundwater by nitrogen that is released from cesspools and septic systems. New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation has developed a technology center at Stony Brook Southampton to focus on developing better septic treatment technology.

Actual Costs?

Since the newer systems can come with a price tag around $15,000 and up, homeowners might not be putting new septic systems at the top of their priority lists. Therefore, the local government feels a little help is warranted, thus a plan and appeal to state legislators evolved. At issue is the reduction of nitrogen pollution, however, this is an issue with a long history that has been part of Suffolk County's water resources plan, as well as the governor's coastal resilience and water quality task force report.

How much money is the county looking for?

The goal is a $100 million rebate program, which many hope would allow for upgrades to almost a quarter of the existing cesspools and septic systems. Each individual town would have the authority to pinpoint not only priority areas, but also who meets the eligibility requirements.

What's been done?

Suffolk County has undertaken testing of numerous next-generation alternative technology systems to add to the Health Department's list of approved systems.


What's the latest?

Suffolk County (the first in the state) enacted a new law that will allocate $2 million annually for homeowners towards subsidies for replacement of septic systems. Applications will be accepted beginning July 1 if a homeowner is interested in replacing their system with one approved by the County Department of Health. The East Hampton Town had put forth new legislation that would mandate all new commercial and residential construction and renovation projects to install the latest hi-tech, nitrogen reducing septic systems.

Additionally, the rebate program would reimburse those homeowners who do qualify (with an income under $500,000) for now 100 percent, or up to $15,000 of the cost of replacing the old systems on their property using revenue from the Community Preservation Fund, giving the Town approximately $6 million to use for water quality improvement. This would certainly apply to residents in much of the Springs area where the shallow groundwater and nearness to tidal water bodies means the nitrogen in wastewater reaches the water surface rapidly.

If you own a home that is not in a water protection district, a 50 percent rebate would be available, or up to $10,000, and if your income meets the Housing Authority's guide for affordable housing, the rebate goes up to 75 percent. For any other homeowner that wants to replace their existing septic system, the rebate is 25 percent, or up to $5,000.

Southampton Town officials are working on their own codes that would be similar to that of East Hampton.


Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.


Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)
 

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
Location:*
Comments:*
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
Question:*
Please type the word 'water'
(For spam prevention, thanks)
 
 
 
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/2162.gif
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/1782.gif
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/2166.gif
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/2150.gif
East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

Bridgehampton National Bank
For over 100 years Bridgehampton National Bank has been the East End's hometown bank. Many success stories...one bank, BNB!

Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers — and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

Hampton Luxury Liner
Hampton Luxury Liner was started in 2000 as a more luxurious way to travel from NYC to the Hamptons and back. The clientele quickly grew and over the years Hampton Luxury liner became the preferred method of transportation to the Hamptons and NYC for many living in NYC and the Hamptons that wanted a comfortable and affordable way to travel back and forth. In 2009, HLL was taken over by Classic Coach and things with the liner didn’t change to much for years and the owner there changed the buses to Prevost as opposed to Mercedes Setra Top Class Coaches that have always been a signature of the liner. Please call (631) 537-5800 to reserve a charter or email us at Hampton Luxury Liner. The Only Way to Ride!

CP Complete- Landscape Design & Construction
Paul Guillo And Chris Hall Two Of The Most Respected Names In The Community Together, they are partners in CP Complete. They bring their years of experience and integrity to creating and renovating luxury backyards.

CP Complete- Landscape Design & Construction
Paul Guillo And Chris Hall Two Of The Most Respected Names In The Community Together, they are partners in CP Complete. They bring their years of experience and integrity to creating and renovating luxury backyards.

D+J Concepts is known for a high-end cutting edge approach to design.
D+J Concepts is known for a high-end cutting edge approach to design with a balance between functionality and imagination. We skillfully and tastefully transform ordinary spaces into classic modern styles, which are understated, and luxe. We’re known for our modern transitional style incorporating antiques and modern elements for an unexpected edge.

Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field.
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field. Trusted, experienced and successful, Andrea has solidified herself as the go-to broker of the Hamptons and a wholehearted advocate for her clients. A pioneer in the real estate industry on the East End of Long Island, she is driven by her passion for the business. Andrea is based in the Bridgehampton office of Brown Harris Stevens as a licensed real estate associate broker and consultant. Formerly, a principal partner and Senior Director at Brown Harris Stevens, Andrea now assists in developing their corporate strategy for the Hamptons region, advising other brokers and sales associates, as well as being one of the top producers and listors.