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County announces grant and low-interest loan programs to help homeowners install advanced septic systems

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The grant-loan program aims to provide incentives for homeowners to upgrade from septic systems that pollute groundwater.
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County approves sanitary code change for advanced individual septic systems

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The new code provision authorizes the first major change to residential wastewater treatment technology since 1973, when rules changed to require a septic tank in addition to a leaching pool.

New code allowing approval of advanced septic systems is released by county, roundly criticized by clean water advocate

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The county's just-released sanitary code article providing for alternative and innovative wastewater treatment systems was promptly and roundly criticized by clean water advocate Kevin McAllister of Defend H20.

County executive calls on federal government for aid to help fix what ails Peconic Estuary: excess nitrogen

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County Executive Steve Bellone called a press conference on the shore of the Peconic River in Riverhead to say the health of the Peconic Estuary needs federal aid in order to be restored.

Bellone announces lottery for advanced household septic systems

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Nineteen Suffolk homeowners will receive free advanced wastewater treatment systems valued at $15,000 plus free maintenance for five years, in a lottery that's part of the county's state-of-the-art septic demonstration program.
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