MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Oregon (STPNS) -- Eugene Water & Electric Board’s Drinking Water Source Protection Program is again offering two programs to assist homeowners in the McKenzie River Valley with septic system repairs, replacement, inspections and pump-outs. Funds are available for a cost-share and zero-interest loan program that was established to encourage homeowners to regularly maintain their septic systems. Funds are also available to assist people who need to repair failing systems. Utility officials support properly-functioning septic systems to help protect the excellent water quality of the McKenzie River.

The septic system cost-share program will reimburse homeowners upstream of EWEB’s drinking water intake for 50 percent of the cost for a septic system inspection and pump-out, if needed. (Note: homeowners who’ve had their systems inspected or pumped out within the past three years are not eligible.) In addition, EWEB will reimburse 50 percent of the cost of minor, necessary septic system repairs that cost up to $300. The utility has assisted 130 homeowners with inspections/pump-outs since the program began in the fall of 2011.

The zero-interest loan program targets septic systems that need repairs in order to function properly or to replace failing systems. The maximum loan amount is $10,000 and has a maximum repayment term of 60 months.

For both programs, homeowners need to use a Department of Environmental Quality-approved contractor and provide EWEB with documentation of the work completed. For more information, go to: or contact Nancy Toth ( at 541-685-7438.