Program Update - September 9,2021
The Septic Rebate Program page will remain active on the County’s
website until we have pre-approved the 400 allocated rebates. Once
this threshold has been reached, subsequent applications will be
placed on a waitlist. Should additional funding become available,
pre-approvals will be issued to waitlisted applicants in the order
that they were received. Please submit your application as soon as
possible to have the greatest chance of receiving a rebate.
The County of San Diego, Department of Public Works, Watershed Rebate Program is pleased to announce the launch of the Septic Rebate Program. The goal of the program is to provide financial assistance to have a septic system pumped and to educate residents on proper septic maintenance, how regular maintenance can prevent system failures, what to look for in the event of a failure, how septic systems relate to water quality, and information on additional resources.
Participants must meet the following eligibility criteria and follow these steps to receive a rebate:
- The septic system is located on a property in the
unincorporated County of San Diego.
- Verify your address in the embedded map below. If your address fall within the orange shaded area, you are eligible to apply for a rebate.
- After receiving pre-approval, participant has had septic system pumping performed by a County-approved septic pumper. Only County-approved septic pumpers are eligible for rebate program participation. Rebate applications with service provided by an unlisted septic pumper will be deemed ineligible from receiving a rebate. Click here for the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health & Quality Approved pumper list.
- Participant has submitted the septic system pumping service
documentation (i.e.- invoice/receipt) within 90 days of receipt of
Click each step below to start the Program
What to Expect Next:
Once your application is submitted, you will see a confirmation page informing you that your completed application has been received.
Once your application has been submitted, you can expect to receive an email within two weeks to indicate if you have been pre-approved to receive a rebate, if additional information is needed, or if you are ineligible (i.e.- located outside of unincorporated County of San Diego).
Following pre-approval, you will have 90 days in which to have your septic system pumped by a qualified pumper from the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health & Quality Approved pumper list, and return a copy of the septic service receipt/invoice via reply to the pre-approval email.
- Rebates will not be issued for septic services completed by companies not found on the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health & Quality Approved pumper list.
Rebates will not be issued for septic services completed
prior to pre-approval issuance.
Please contact the County of San Diego - Department of Environmental Health & Quality - Land & Water Quality Division
Phone: (858) 565-5173
Are rebates still available?
The Septic Rebate Program page will remain active on the County’s website until we have pre-approved the 400 allocated rebates. Once this threshold has been reached, subsequent applications will be placed on a waitlist. Should additional funding become available, pre-approvals will be issued to waitlisted applicants in the order that they were received. Please submit your application as soon as possible to have the greatest chance of receiving a rebate.
How do I apply?
Step 1: Verify County Eligibility
Verify that your septic system is located within unincorporated San Diego County.
Enter your address in the map above under Program Eligibility. If your address falls within the orange shaded area, you are eligible to apply for a rebate.
Step 2: Watch the Training Video
Watch the County’s Septic Training Video.
Step 3: Apply for Your Rebate
Complete and submit your application online.
Who is eligible to receive a rebate?
Participants must meet the following eligibility criteria to receive a rebate:
- The septic system is located on a property in the unincorporated County of San Diego.
Can I apply by mail?
At this time, we are only accepting applications from our online form. If you are unable to complete your application in this manner, please contact Watershed.Rebates@sdcounty.ca.gov for assistance.
When will I receive my rebate?
Upon receipt and processing, you will be notified via email within two weeks if your rebate application has been approved for payment, or if additional information is required. Please allow 4-6 weeks for your rebate to arrive in the mail.
Why is the County giving out these rebates?
The County is committed to protecting local waterways from contamination. Faulty septic systems may pose a threat to local waterways and public health. Through this rebate program, the County seeks to improve education regarding septic system maintenance and to encourage regular servicing, thereby reducing the risk of waterway contamination.
I had my tank pumped before I found out about the rebate program, can I
receive a rebate for that service?
No. Past septic services are ineligible for rebates.
I am a renter. Am I eligible to receive a rebate, or is it limited to
the property owner?
Either the property owner or current resident of the subject property are eligible to receive a rebate. Responsibility for having septic systems serviced is not determined by the County of San Diego. Please check with the property owner to ensure you have their permission to have the septic system pumped prior to applying for a rebate. The Septic Rebate Application will have a certification statement that a renter received permission from the property owner.
The pumper I normally use is not on the “County of San Diego Department
of Environmental Health Approved pumper list,” can I still use them and
receive a rebate?
No. Rebates will not be issued for septic services completed by companies not found on the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health & Quality Approved pumper list.
- More than 90 days have passed since I was pre-approved for a rebate and I did not submit my septic pumping invoice before the expiration date. Can I still submit my documentation for a rebate?
What do septic tanks have to do with water quality?
Improperly maintained septic systems may pose a threat to local waterways and public health.
I’ve noticed signs of a leaking septic system on my neighbor’s property,
who can I notify to have it addressed?
County of San Diego – Department of Environmental Health & Quality – Land and Water Quality Division
- Phone: (858) 565-5173
- E-mail: email@example.com
How often does a septic tank need to be pumped?
This depends on the size of your tank and the waste load it receives (generally estimated by the number of people living in the home). Please refer to the Septic Pumping Frequency Chart.
I recently purchased a property with a septic tank already on it, how do
I know if it needs to be pumped?
If maintenance records cannot be obtained from the prior owner, it is best to have your system checked by a licensed contractor to determine if maintenance is due. Click here for a list of County-approved septic pumpers.
There is more than one septic tank on my property, can I receive a
rebate for each of them?
At this time, the rebate is limited to one septic system per parcel.
My business has a septic tank, is it eligible for a rebate?
Yes. Commercial properties are also eligible for this rebate program.
Is my Recreational Vehicle (RV)/trailer holding tank eligible for this program?
At this time, the program is limited to the type of septic tanks permanently installed on a property within the unincorporated County of San Diego, servicing a stationary building. A wastewater holding tank on a recreational vehicle or trailer would not be eligible.
Please visit the County's RV User resources page for additional information on wastewater management.
For questions or more information about the Septic Rebate Program, you may contact us at Watershed.Rebates@sdcounty.ca.gov.
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