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Charles County, Maryland

Septic System Pump-out & Septic Riser Installation Reimbursement Program

Septic System Pump-out & Septic Riser Installation Reimbursement Program

Charles County Government, Department of Planning and Growth Management implements programs and actions to meet nutrient load reduction targets set in the County’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) Strategy.  The WIP strategy recommends pumping out 20% of the County’s septic systems annually to meet the WIP nutrient pollution reduction goals. 

The County’s Septic Pump-out Reimbursement Program encourages residents to pump out their septic systems every 3 to 5 years by providing reimbursement for a portion of the cost.  Pumping of septic systems is recommended to maintain the effectiveness and longevity of the system and provides a reduction of nutrient leaching over time.  Residents are to complete their application; attach the contractor’s receipt and mail to the County, submit at the government building in La Plata, or complete the online form.  Residents should include their property address and/or property tax ID number to verify their reimbursement rate.  The reimbursement rates for pump-outs are as follows:

  • 50% of the pump-out cost for septic systems located in Charles County.
  • 75% of the pump-out cost for septic systems located within the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area (CBCA) of Charles County.  The CBCA is defined as land located a minimum of 1000 feet from tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. 

Once the pump-out receipt, proof of payment, and property location are verified, a check will be mailed out to the resident.   Properties with a septic system are eligible once every 3 years for reimbursement of system pump-outs.  The processing time for applications is 4-8 weeks. 

The Septic Riser Installation Reimbursement Program encourages property owners with existing septic systems to have tank risers installed when their septic system is cleaned by offering a partial reimbursement incentive in conformance with Bill NO. 2018-08 passed on October 16, 2018.  The program utilizes the same application form as the Pump-out Program.  Citizens may apply for both programs using a single form, as applicable.  Reimbursement for risers is a maximum of one hundred dollars ($100) per system.  Applicants must demonstrate the risers were purchased and installed by providing proof of purchase and installation by a hauler or contractor, or proof of purchase for risers independently installed.  Property owners must apply within six (6) months of riser installation.  

or you can view, print, and mail a paper application here.

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