Financial Help with Well Water Testing/Treatment, Septic and Well Repairs

Wake County provides financial help for well water testing/repair and septic repair to those households that meet certain income guidelines. Several public or nonprofit resources may also be able to help with repair or treatment costs. This page outlines the requirements and how to apply for free or reduced cost well water testing by Wake County and provides links to several organizations that may be able to help with well and septic repairs. There may be other sources of funding available that aren't listed. Wake County cannot guarantee any funding or help with processing applications. Contact the individual agencies for more information.

Water Quality Testing

Requirements for financial help for water quality testing

Wake County offers financial assistance at two levels, those households at or below the federal poverty level, and those with incomes up to 2.5 times the federal poverty level.

Households at or below the federal poverty level
Wake County can test private well water for the most common contaminants for $73.

Persons in Family/Household

Maximum Income

​1

​$12,880

​2

​$17,420

​3

​$21,960

​4

​$26,500

​5

​$31,040

​6

​$35,580

​7

​$40,120

​8

​$44,660

 

 


Households at 2.5 times the federal poverty level
Wake County can test private well water for the most common contaminants for $182.50.

​Persons in Family/Household

Maximum Income

​1

$32,201

​2

$43,551

​3

$54,901

​4

$66,251

​5

$77,601

​6

$88,951

​7

$100,301

​8

$111,651

How do I apply to Wake County for financial help with water testing?

Affidavit: To apply for financial help, you will need to print and complete a request for testing and an affidavit attesting to your eligibility for financial help.

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Notarize: Your completed affidavit must be notarized by a registered Notary Public. The N.C. Secretary of State maintains an online database of local notaries. Wake County also provides free notarization services at the following locations (already listed on the locations page):

Submit: Along with your paperwork, you will need to submit a check or money order for your full payment of either $73 or $182.50, depending on your income.

Mail your completed applicationnotarized affidavit and full payment to:

Wake County Environmental Services
Well Testing
P.O. Box 550
Raleigh NC 27602

You will receive a receipt confirming your payment in the mail within two weeks. When we are ready to test your well, we will notify you at the phone number listed on your application.

Well Repair, Well Water Treatment and Septic Repair

How can I find help paying for the recommended repairs or water treatment?

Wake County Environmental Services has identified the following public or non-profit resources which may be available to help with well water treatment, private well or septic repair.  There may be other sources of funding available.  Wake County cannot guarantee any funding or help with processing applications. Contact the individual agencies for more information.

Federal Programs

USDA Rural Development Program
Program provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes or grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards. Family income below 50 percent of the area median income. 

Homeowners can contact the local office serving the county where there home is located at the following website: https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices/nc 

A map to determine eligibility by location is located at the following website: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/single-family-housing-repair-loans-grants

Contact: William Kenney

Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc.

SERCAP's Loan Fund offers affordable Individual Household Well and Septic loans for low-income homeowners, to help them repair and/or replace their well or septic system. 

Contact:   (540) 345-1184
                              
Sam Samardi (Loan Coordinator) 
Angela Whitfield (Septic/Well Assistance/Intake Coordinator)

Website: http://sercap.org/services/water-wastewater 

A map to determine eligibility is available at the following website: https://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do?pageAction=sfpd

Wake County Programs

Wake County Emergency Grant Program
Program responds to the immediate health and safety risks of the very-low-income citizens of Wake County. Income cannot exceed 50% of Wake County’s area median income (AMI).  

Contact: Arlene Vinson

Website: https://www.wakegov.com/departments-government/housing-affordability-community-revitalization/find-services

Wake County Elderly and Disabled Program
Program serves elderly and/or disabled citizens of Wake County.  Funds can be used to complete repairs necessary for elderly and/or disabled citizens to remain in their homes. Applicants must be elderly (at least 62) or disabled.  Income cannot exceed 50% of Wake County’s area median income (AMI).

Contact: Arlene Vinson

Website: https://www.wakegov.com/departments-government/housing-affordability-community-revitalization/find-services

City of Raleigh Programs

City of Raleigh Homeowner Repair Program
Program funds major repairs to three or more faulty systems such as roof, heating and cooling systems, electrical, plumbing or structural problems. The property must be located in the city limits of Raleigh and must be the owner’s principal residence five years prior to application and upon completion of the repairs.  Income must be 80% or below of Area Median Income. 

Website: https://raleighnc.gov/services/housing/homeowner-rehab-and-repair-program

Contact: Lamont Taylor 

City of Raleigh Limited Repair Program 
Program funds repairs to at least one or two faulty systems such as roof, heating and cooling systems, electrical, plumbing or structural problems. The property must be located in the city limits of Raleigh and must be the owner’s principal residence upon completion of the repairs. Income must be 50% or below of Area Median Income.

Website: https://raleighnc.gov/services/housing/homeowner-rehab-and-repair-program

Contact: Lamont Taylor