TOMPKINS COUNTY, in conjunction with Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS), is collecting information for a grant that could pay for 100% of the costs of repairing or replacing septic systems, as well as specific private water well repairs, for some income-eligible households. Work on a septic system or private water well can often be a major expense for most households.

In order to demonstrate the need for this funding, Tompkins County is asking for the public’s help to measure interest and need by filling out this brief survey.

If funding is obtained, there would be no cost to income-eligible households for the work done on the septic system and/or private water well.

Please fill out this survey if you are a Tompkins County resident, and:

Your septic system has to be pumped often, has backed up into the home, or is otherwise struggling to function,
Your septic system is more than 20 years old,
Your septic system is impacting a drinking water well,
Your home is NOT on municipal water, meaning you have a private water well.

The information you submit will be used to meet a grant requirement – we must have a waiting list of households interested in this funding. If funds are awarded to Tompkins County, the list may be used to notify eligible households that funds are available.
Due to the limited time before the grant application is submitted, responses are requested by June 15, 2024.
Thank you for your help!

For assistance, contact Tompkins County Environmental Health at 607-274-6688 or

NOTICE: Completing this survey neither guarantees funding nor is it required as a condition to apply for funding should the County's application for program funding be successful.
17% of survey complete.