Mar 03, 2011

RC&D Council Launches Household Water Well Assistance Program in Pennsylvania

Program will provide loans to rural families to update or repair wells

The Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council announced its Household Water Well System Program for homeowners within the its service area. The program provides education, resources and low-interest loans to low- to moderate-income homeowners residing in rural areas needing to service, repair or upgrade their household water well systems, including new well construction if needed.

The Household Water Well System Program was established to provide education and outreach, technical resources and financial assistance to enhance or rehabilitate household wells. Under the direction of the RC&D Council, education and outreach about proper well placement, construction and maintenance will be provided at workshops and through media outlets. In addition to the educational aspect of the program, a loan program has been established to provide low interest loans to homeowners for enhancing, rehabilitating, replacing and/or constructing private water wells that have been adversely impacted through contamination or have ceased to function properly.

The RC&D Council will be hosting a series of workshops throughout northeast Pennsylvania to educate and inform homeowners on household water wells. The information provided at the workshops will include information on the geology and hydrology of the area, information on typical well and drinking water issues and specifics of the RC&D Household Water Well Program. The training events will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

• March 14: Monroe County Conservation District, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360;
• March 21: Lake Township Municipal Building, 488 State Route 29, Harvey's Lake, PA 18618;
• March 22: Columbia County Agricultural Center, 702 Sawmill Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815; and
• March 23: Wayne County Park Street Complex, 648 Park Street, Honesdale, PA 18431.

Through the program, the RC&D Council will make loans available at a 1% interest rate for up to 20 years. Loans cannot exceed $11,000 per household. Successful applications will be assessed an additional fee to cover loan closing costs. Eligible homeowners will be those located in a rural area and with a low- to moderate-income who need assistance with their private water wells. Homeowners must reside in Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Schuylkill or Wayne counties. Other restrictions and underwriting requirements exist.

Applications for the Household Water Well Systems Loan currently are being accepted, and will be reviewed every two weeks beginning April 25.