Septic Elimination Program (SEP)

The District is an active partner in the community, protecting our water resources. There are roughly 6,000 existing septic systems throughout our service area, including 40 residential neighborhoods. Many of these systems are reaching the end of their useful life and are beginning to fail. Failing or improperly functioning onsite septic systems represent a potential risk or threat to the natural environment. The District’s SEP program was developed in 2008 to address the long-standing challenge of aging septic systems in urban neighborhoods. The SEP program aims to mitigate long-term environmental risks and provide homeowners a more affordable opportunity to connect to public sewer.

By extending public sewer, we are allowing for the abandonment of the septic systems and reducing the long term risks to our environment. Participation in the program, e.g., hooking up to the sewer, remains voluntary, and each homeowner makes the decision that is best for them. Since the program’s inception, the District has invested more than $6 Million, completing 13 projects that have provided service to more than 400 residences.

“This is a legacy issue. Urban neighborhoods in our service area contain approximately 1,400 septic systems that are reaching the end of their useful life.”

John M. Peterson, P.E. General Manager

SEP Neighborhood Projects

The District has identified more than 40 SEP project areas and neighborhoods, including over 1,500 aging and sometimes failing septic systems. Limited space in urban residential settings leaves homeowners with expensive septic system repair options, averaging around $25,000 according to Clark County Public Health. The District prioritizes SEP projects for low-income homeowners and sensitive environmental areas.

Using an established set of criteria, the District evaluates the individual SEP areas and identifies the highest-priority projects to be included for design and delivery. SEP projects are evaluated considering three criteria: public health, environmental protection and community equity. The District works closely with Clark County Public Health to identify neighborhoods with failing systems. The documented level of interest and support from neighborhood property owners is also considered. Owners are encouraged to contact the District to express their support for their neighborhood project.

Septic Elimination Program – Project Priorities

Subdivision/Area Estimated Project Cost No. Parcels Estimated Local Facilities Charge Rank
Wallace Heights $3,227,000 59 $54,695 1
Larkada Rolling Meadows $1,324,000 26 $50,923 2
Windmere $665,000 14 $47,500 3
Mesa Verde $823,000 15 $54,867 4
North Columbia Gardens $647,000 10 $64,700 5
Pruitts Addition $5,185,000 135 $38,407 6
Myeth (NW 114th St 3rd Ave) $592,000 8 $74,000 7
Columbia Gardens 6 $755,000 11 $68,636 8
Norvue Acres $464,000 8 $58,000 9
Stutz Road $1,522,000 24 $63,417 10

SEP Project Costs

The costs for the construction of the sewers are paid for by the benefiting properties when they connect to sewer. While the District fronts the cost of the project, ultimately, the costs are recorded and assessed to the properties as a Local Facilities Charge (LFC). Actual project costs will vary given the differences in project complexities, size and timing. The District is also actively seeking and applying for state and federal funding to help aid in lowering the cost and making the connection to sewer more accessible. The District has recently been successful and received partial funding for two projects. When homeowners connect, they pay the LFC for the SEP project, a permit fee, and the standard system development charge.

“SEP Projects are a win for the whole community. It protects our water resources and addresses a potential public health hazard. Homeowners shouldn’t have to carry the entire financial burden to receive sewer service, and we appreciate and need the continued support of our state and federal partners for the Septic Elimination Program to be successful.”
Neil Kimsey, Commissioner

SEP Project History

The program was started in 2008. Since then, the District has completed 13 projects that have provided service to more than 400 residences.

Project Name Year Completed Project Cost Parcels LFC Amount
Sunnyside 2010 $499,992 97 $8,010
Diamond Willow 2013 $223,492 17 $8,720
Hazel Dell Avenue North 2013 $213,282 13 $8,122
Erin Way 2013 $167,446 13 $15,346
NW 11th/16th Avenue 2014 $283,829 27 $11,064
Glenmar 2014 $772,682 10 $5,752
Lalonde 2016 $273,590 28 $7,359
Wooded Acres 2016 $442,302 65 $5,849
Morrow CGI 2017 $38,181 3 $13,725
NW Overlook Drive 2017 $119,245 10 $17,708
NE 94th Avenue Truck 2017 $126,405 9 $10,664
Tay Terrace 2020 $802,741 48 $19,018
Curtin Creek Phase 1* 2024 $2,294,838 77 $9,532
Totals $6,258,025 417 $10,836**

*Project received $1.6M in state and federal grant funds.
**Average LFC for the projects.

SEP Incentives

The cost of connecting to sewer can be a barrier for many homeowners. While the District actively seeks funding to lower the project costs for homeowners, it also offers program incentives to help homeowners get connected. Thirty percent (30%) of the local facilities charge (LFC) is deferred if homeowners sign a contract to connect to sewer within one year from final acceptance of the SEP project. Homeowners also have the option to finance the connection costs with the District and pay the fee over time.

“We are glad that we finally have sanitary sewer. We were good and ready. The savings due to the funding and the District incentive were a big plus. We are very happy.”

Klaus M., Curtin Creek resident

Active Projects

Wallace Heights SEP Project

Traffic Impacts Moderate
Contractor TBD
Size 67 Properties
Location South of NE 112th Street, north of NE 106th Street between NE Stutz Road and NE 8th Avenue