Who will pay for the Project?
The Carlls River Watershed Sewer Project is being paid for with a combination of grants and low interest loans. Suffolk County will bear the costs of connecting each dwelling to the sewer system with no direct out of pocket cost to the homeowner. The country will also cover the cost of septic system abandonment and perform restoration of all disturbed areas at no cost to the homeowner.
Once connections are made, there will be annual costs to the user, which will include user fees, surcharges and annual debt service. The estimated levy on a typical single and two-family home in the Extension Area would be $532 including debt service, user fees and surcharges. The cost of properly maintaining a septic system, as per SCDHS recommendations to pump at least every 2 years (1,000 gallons, typ) averages approximately $200/year.
The Carlls River Watershed Sewer Project will cost approximately $133 million, coming from a variety of grants and low interest loans. Funding sources are as follows:
- Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- Clean Water State Revolving Fund, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Empire State Development Corporation (ESD)