SSTS Imminent Health Threat Abatement Grant Program - 2011
Imminent Health Threat (IHT) systems are those that are discharging improperly treated human waste onto the ground surface or into surface waters. In addition to the potential water quality impacts, untreated sewage has the potential to introduce bacteria and viruses into the environment. When IHT systems are identified, county or city staff assist the homeowners through the process required to bring their systems into compliance with the septic ordinance.
Low-income households are eligible for Subsurface Sewage Treatment System (SSTS) Imminent Health Threat grants from the Clean Water Fund to upgrade systems because of surface discharge or direct connection to surface waters. In 2011, $1,357,221 in grant funds were awarded to upgrade 172 systems.
Evaluation and outcome plans are required as a part of the grant agreement between BWSR and the grantee. These required plans consist of verifying project installation and creating operation and maintenance plans to ensure the project is functioning as designed. Funded projects meet locally identified water quality goals within the larger scope of Minnesota's clean water efforts. Projects reduce pollutant loads aimed at improving watershed health over time. The long-term evaluation of clean water fund projects will be monitored as part of the state's intensive watershed monitoring strategy.