NOTE: Thank you to everyone who has helped make the Septic Upgrade Incentive Program a success. At the current program participation rate, we estimate that the septic upgrade program will be out of funds for this fiscal year on or before April 17, 2020. The program will continue to authorize work with priority given to conventional septic systems that require repair until the funding is exhausted, at which time the program will be suspended until additional funding is finalized. At this time, we anticipate that new funding will be available sometime after the start of the new fiscal year which begins on July 1, 2020.
To improve water quality and protect Florida’s outstanding springs, the Department created the Septic Upgrade Incentive Program. This program encourages home-owners and private citizens to be part of the solution by incentivizing the enhancement of conventional septic systems though the addition of nitrogen-reducing enhancements. This incentive program is designed to offset homeowner costs by providing certified installers and licensed plumbers with up to $10,000 after the installation of enhanced nitrogen-reducing features to existing septic systems located in targeted areas within eligible counties. Participating in this program will help protect the environment by reducing excessive nutrients in Florida’s waterways.
Who is eligible?
Contractors who are licensed or registered to install OSTDSs in Florida are eligible to receive funding for nitrogen-reducing septic system enhancement work done on an existing conventional system serving a single or multi-family residence that is located within the Priority Focus Area in any of the following counties: Citrus, Hernando, Leon, Marion, Orange, Pasco, Seminole, Volusia, and Wakulla.
How to apply?
Septic system installers and licensed plumbers may apply to participate in and receive reimbursement for eligible upgrades under the Program by completing and submitting an application, including all required attachments, registering as a vendor with the state in MyFloridaMarketPlace, and completing a Florida Substitute W‐9 on the State of Florida Vendor website.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.