Septic Pump-Out Program
Roanoke County has partnered with the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission to provide a no-cost septic tank pump-out program for Roanoke County residents.
Septic systems that have not been maintained are a possible source of nutrient and bacteria pollution that may lead to stream impairments throughout Roanoke County. Septic systems that fall into disrepair can back up into homes or overflow into yards, creating costly issues for homeowners.
Households with an annual household income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line are eligible to apply for this program (see chart below for eligibility guidelines). This grant-funded program aims to reduce the environmental impact and property damage caused by failed septic systems. Program participants will also have the opportunity to attend a septic system workshop to learn how septic systems function and how to maintain their system in the future.
How Your Septic System Works
Septic systems are designed to treat household wastewater on-site for homes without connection to a centralized wastewater treatment system.
- Learn more with this animated, interactive model of how a household septic system works created by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.
- Additional information about septic systems can be found on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website or from Roanoke County's Stormwater Management.
- Roanoke County’s Stormwater Newsletter from June 2021 (page 4) included an article about the importance of septic system maintenance.
The Benefits of Septic System Maintenance
Keeping your septic system maintained benefits your household, your community, and the environment. Septic systems should be inspected every 1 to 3 years and pumped every 3 to 5 years, depending on use. This will help prevent your system from falling into disrepair and causing costly fixes. More information can be found on the Virginia Department of Health’s Environmental Health website.
How to Apply
This grant-funded program is available to Roanoke County households that are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. See the chart below to determine your eligibility.
|Persons in family/household||Poverty guideline (100%)||Poverty guideline (200%)|
Please use the number shown above at left for the number of persons in your household. If your annual household income is at or below the value in the third column, you may be eligible. Applicants that are approved for the program may be asked to provide more information to verify their annual household income. Select the link below to submit an online application.