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By CATHERINE HEWITT
CHARLESTOWN â€” In its seventh round of funding, the town will apply to the Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency for $300,000 to finance the Community Septic Loan Program, which provides low-interest loans to homeowners who are required to replace cesspools and failing septic systems.
By town ordinance, residents are required to properly operate and maintain on-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) because noncompliance could contaminate groundwater, which is the townâ€™s only source of drinking water. Septic systems are the townâ€™s sole method of sewage disposal.
Wastewater Manager/Environmental Scientist Matthew Dowling said the Community Septic Loan Program originates from the State Revolving Fund and is administered through the Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency. The program is available for municipalities that have implemented a wastewater management district, such as Charlestown, Jamestown, North Kingstown, Glocester, and Tiverton, among others.
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