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DEQ announces new initiative to help Oregonians afford repairs to failing septic systems

Finding out a septic system is failing can be costly for homeowners and small businesses. Starting September 28th, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and regional nonprofit lender Craft3 are teaming up to make repairs more affordable for Oregonians in need. 

Properly functioning septic systems treat sewage to minimize groundwater and surface water pollution. A malfunctioning system can be a health hazard and will harm natural resources. 


The Clean Water Loans will allow homeowners to pay for all costs associated with the project, including: 
- Septic system design 
- Relevant permits 
- Installation of the new septic system 
- Ongoing maintenance 
- Essential safety measures, such as those to prevent children from falling into septic tanks
Special rates and deferred payment options may be available for homeowners with lower incomes. Homeowners, small businesses and onsite service providers can learn more about the Clean Water Loan program and apply for loans at