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San Luis Rey Watershed septic system rebate program offered


Last updated 11/13/2018 at 7:15am

NORTH COUNTY – Residential properties located within the San Luis Rey Watershed may be eligible for a $150 rebate for having their septic tank pumped and inspected by a licensed septic contractor. A limited number of rebates are available and are limited to one per household. See the Mission Resource Conservation District’s Rebate Program rules for more details:

Homes with a septic system should be frequently inspected and have the septic tank and system pumped to guard against septic system failure. Failed septic systems not only cause an unpleasant mess as sewage can back into the house, but it can be costly fix the problem. Preventative measures, such as properly maintaining the system and knowing what not to put into the system, can save the homeowner a lot of time, energy and money.

Guidelines for maintaining a healthy septic system are discussed in detail on the Septic System Rebate Program website. A few tips include avoiding overloading the system with water during a short period of time; preventing non-biodegradable solids, such as baby wipes, coffee grounds and cigarette butts, from entering the septic tank and limiting the amount of fats and oils that enter the septic system.

The website also specifies how often a septic system should be inspected and pumped based on how many bedrooms are in the house and how many people live in the residence.

For additional program information, or if a resident is unsure if their property is within the San Luis Rey Watershed, contact Paul Keane at (760) 728-1332 or To sign up for the Septic System Rebate Program, visit The rebates are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Submitted by Mission Resource Conservation District.


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