Sewer repairs?

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Posted 11/8/19

While Bradley County officials have been looking into ways to expand sewer service into more rural areas of the county, residents with septic tank issues are looking for relief.

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Sewer repairs?

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While Bradley County officials have been looking into ways to expand sewer service into more rural areas of the county, residents with septic tank issues are looking for relief.

The Southeast Tennessee Resource Conservation and Development Council is offering that relief, through $175,000 available in grant funds.

According to a news release from the Council, money for septic system repairs is available to residents in certain areas of Bradley County, to help clean the Conasauga watershed.

“It’s really about helping folks out,” says Simone Madsen, who works for the Council. “It’s a win-win. Some of these repairs and improvements can cost thousands of dollars. By helping landowners reduce the cost of septic repairs, we see real improvements in local water quality.”

Madsen noted this is a completely voluntary program, and all repairs are done with consideration to private property rights.

“All you have to do is call and ask if you are eligible,” she said.

Eligibility is based on proximity to the Chatata and Little Chatata watershed.

Additionally, agricultural landowners wanting to implement best-management practices (BMPs) to improve water quality are also eligible for assistance.

“We've had good success on local farms,” Madsen said. “Several farmers have received new fencing, pipeline and cattle waterers.”

Madsen said other examples of BMPs include heavy-use area protection for feeding areas and stream crossings or travel lanes for livestock.

Funding is provided by a Clean Water Act grant from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and administered by the Southeast Tennessee Resource Conservation and Development Council, a local, community-based non-profit organization.

These projects are funded, in part, under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Nonpoint Source Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Assistance Agreement #C9994674-11-0.

For more information and to see if you are eligible, contact Robert Altonen at 423-762-0152 or email: Raltonen.setnrcd@gmail.com; or Simone Madsen at 423-322-4405, or email: smads.setnrcd@gmail.com.

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