Grant Programs for Private Sewer Laterals

Private Sewer Lateral Pilot Grant Program

What is the PSL Pilot Grant Program?


Sanitary District No. 2 (SD2) established a Private Sewer Lateral (PSL) Pilot Grant Program allowing the District to award a grant of District funds for 50% of the cost of repairing or replacing any part of a PSL that is needed for the PSL to pass a PSL pressure test as set forth in Municipal Code Sections 21.20.0004, 21.20.060 and 21.22.020, to any property owner within the District, regardless of income level provided. However, the maximum amount per grant from the District cannot exceed $1,500 per parcel. 


Where does the funding for the program come from?


The funding for this program comes from SD2's capital budget and a total of $500,000 has been allocated to fund the program through the end of fiscal year 2019-2020 or until that amount is exhausted or the SD2 Board terminates the program. 
Please note that a property owner is disqualified from this program if the property owner has benefited from the Lower Lateral CIP Pilot Program, the PSL Pilot Grant Program or any other District funding assistance program within the last 1 (one) year. 

When do I get a sewer permit if I have been approved for a grant? 


For all applications that are submitted and approved, the District requires property owners to submit an application for a sewer permit. The application for the sewer permit must be approved prior to starting work on the PSL. If any sewer work is begun on the property without an approved sewer permit, the property owner will not be eligible for any District or Town funding assistance.


Other important information you need to know.


Please keep in mind that each property owner will continue to own and maintain the entire PSL regardless of whether it is included in the program and the entire PSL will be required to pass a pressure test within 180 days of the sewer permit issuance date in order to receive the grant. 
The PSL Pilot Grant Program was approved and went into effect on May 21st, 2019. No retroactive payments or reimbursements for work completed prior to that date will be authorized. 


How do I apply for this program? 


To apply for the PSL Pilot Grant Program, you will need to submit an application. Please click here to download the application

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 Lower Lateral CIP Pilot Program


What is the Lower Lateral Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Pilot Program?

 
The District will incorporate the repair or replacement of qualified, privately-owned and maintained lower lateral section of a PSL that is needed for the lower section of the PSL to pass a pressure test as set forth in Municipal Code Section 21.20.004, into a District sewer main project occurring on the same street.


How do I know if I qualify for this program? 


Lower laterals qualify for inclusion in the Lower Lateral CIP Pilot Program when all of the following are met:
  1. The lower lateral connection is within the sewer and/or paving CIP project limits
  2. The majority of the sewer main on the part of the street that is being repaired is within project limits
  3. The majority of the main is being rehabilitated or replaced
  4. The District Manager, or that person's designee, has determined it is in the best interest of the District for the District to repair or replace the lower lateral section of the PSL as part of the sewer main project because doing so will:
    • Avoid delaying or negatively impacting a public construction project that benefits the Town or District
    • Provide an overall cost savings to the District or Town in the delivery of a capital project
    • Provide a significant benefit to the Town or District by reducing traffic congestion(in particular, on high volume roads).

Where does the funding for the program come from and how is funding distributed? 


The funding for this program comes from SD2's capital budget and a total of $500,000 has been allocated to fund the program through the end of fiscal year 2019-2020 or until that amount is exhausted or the SD2 Board terminates the program. This one-time lower lateral repair or replacement will be funded by the District on a first come, first served basis until the funds allocated for the program have been exhausted.

Other important information you need to know.


Private property owners applying for this program will be required to carry out a sewer permit that authorizes the District to perform the repair or replacement of their lower lateral and will also have to acknowledge that they will continue to own and are obligated to maintain all portions of their PSL regardless of whether it is included in the program. Additionally, the entire PSL will be required to pass a pressure test prior to completion of the sewer project or related Town or District CIP project. 

How do I apply for this program? 


To apply for the Lower Lateral CIP Pilot Program, you will need to submit an application. Please click here to download the application.

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Grant Assistance Program for Low-Income Households


What is the Grant Assistance Program for Low-Income Households? 


The District Board authorized this grant program for fiscal year 2019 intended to defray the costs of full PSL replacements to low-income households when such replacements (including inspections) are triggered by a Capital Improvement Project (CIP) within SD2. The program will be contingent on property owners proving that laterals were replaced based on allowed triggers, and that income is verified based on filed/approved state or federal tax returns as well as proof of housing occupancy. 


Where does the funding for the program come from and how is funding distributed?


The funding for this program comes from SD2's capital budget and a total of $50,000 has been allocated to fund the program for fiscal year 2019. The District Board authorized a minimum grant amount of $1,000 (at a 50% cost match), to be reimbursed to property owners after they complete a full PSL replacement triggered by a CIP project within SD2. 

What grant options might be available to me under this program? 


  1. Grant amounts of 50% cost match up to $1,000 may be available for households at 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). 
  2. Grant amounts of 50% cost match up to $3,000 may be available for households at 50% of Area Median Income (AMI).
  3. Grant amounts of 75% cost match up to $5,000 may be available for households at 30% of Area Median Income (AMI).
  4. AMI charts for Marin County are available here.

Example of Grant Contributions:


A.) For a household that qualifies for the category #1 listed above, with a private sewer lateral replacement cost of $6,000 the District would reimburse the property owner at total of $1,000 and the remaining $5,000 would be paid by the owner.

50% grant match x $6,000 = $3,000 but since that category carries a maximum contribution of $1,000 the homeowner would be limited to that amount. 

B.) For a household that qualifies for the category #3 listed above, with a private sewer lateral replacement cost of $6,000 the District would reimburse the property owner a total of $4,500 and the remaining $1,500 would be paid by the owner.

75% grant match x $6,000 = $4,500 and although the maximum amount is $5,000, the maximum contribution percentage is 75% and thus only $4,500 would be reimbursed.

How do apply for this program?


To apply for the Grant Assistance Program for Low-Income Households, you will need to submit an application. Please click here to download the application. Please note that in order to verify if you qualify for the PSL Low Income Grant Program you must include a copy of your most recently filed tax return (IRS Form 1040)for the last 2 years–NO EXCEPTIONS. Please make sure your Social Security Number is redacted (blacked out).


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