Lampasas River Watershed On-site Sewage Facilities (OSSF) Remediation

In an effort to improve water quality and protect public health, the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership, in collaboration with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has grant funding available to install or replace approximately 15 septic systems that may be contributing to bacteria impairments in the Lampasas River watershed. You may be eligible for a grant to cover 100% of the costs, up to $8,000 for the design, permitting, and installation of a new septic system in the portions of Bell, Burnet, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Mills and Williamson Counties located within the Lampasas River watershed. Check out the interactive map on our webpage to see if you live within the watershed!

This project has been funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement (99614624) to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Information Packet Application Documents

Ossf Info Screen

General Eligibility

Homeowners within the Lampasas River watershed that meet certain criteria are eligible to apply for one of the available grants to install or replace septic systems within the watershed. In order to qualify, the following criteria must be met:

  • Home must be within the portion of Bell, Burnet, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Mills and Williamson Counties located within the Lampasas River watershed.
  • Residence must be a single-family home served by a septic system.
  • Applicant must own the property.
  • The home must be the applicant’s primary residence and be occupied for the majority of the year.
  • The property must have a septic system that has failed or have no septic system to treat sewer discharge.
  • Septic systems that are inappropriate for the soil type may also be considered if sufficient funding is available.
  • Priority will be given to properties within 2000 feet of an impacted waterbody

Needs Assessment Criteria

In order to award grants for the replacement of installation of OSSFs in the watershed, AgriLife will evaluate the applications using the following criteria:

Priority will be given to those applicants whose property are located within 2000 feet of an identified TCEQ river/stream segment. *

System Status
A system deemed as failing and in need of repair or replacement by a licensed OSSF installer. An OSSF currently experiencing system backup, odor, or surfacing water can be impacting the surrounding area. The severity of the issue can indicate a greater risk of impact.

Order of Application Submittal
Priority will be given to those applicants that apply on a first come, first serve basis during the application period.

*In the incidence of an influx of applications at the beginning of the application period, distance to a receiving water body will be given preference.

Resources for homeowners

Conventional Septic System Maintenance

Aerobic Septic System Maintenance

Interactive Tool: How a Septic System Works