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Act Now! Septic Repair Cost-Share Up to $7,300

Sleepy Creek Watershed residents, don’t pass up this opportunity to address that nagging septic problem or simply get 50% off that much needed maintenance pump-out! (Watch our Video.)

You should receive a copy of this valuable coupon and limited time offer in the mail this week.

Letting a septic system fail STINKS and poisons our water.

Click on the coupon image below
to download the simple application form

Email us if you have questions or contact Suzy Campbell at the Panhandle Conservation District for more details.

Please do it today and help care for our Sleepy Creek Watershed!


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Click picture above to Download the Simple Application Form

Septic Pumping Financial Assistance form for Sleepy Creek Residents

Important Notice: Only septic systems located within the Sleepy Creek Watershed are eligible for assistance.

Sleepy Creek Watershed Septic Pumping Application

Name(s) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________ Location of Home if Different___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________

GPS coordinates (if known) _____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________________ If you live in a Subdivision: Name:__________________________ Lot #:____________
Size of the existing septic (If known) _______________ Last date pumped (If known) _______________

Approximate distance to the nearest stream/water body___________________________

I understand that the submission of this application does not guarantee approval to participate in this program and that my application must first be reviewed and my location verified to be within the boundaries of the Sleepy Creek watershed. I understand that I am responsible for the upfront costs of pumping my septic system after I am approved to participate in the program. I will be reimbursed 50% up to $150.00 for a one time septic pumping and that the funds will be utilized for such. I release all parties from liability. I understand that a copy of this signed application will be given to the County Health Department. If the septic system is found to be out of compliance with state health code, I will be required to make needed repairs or replacement.

I also understand the timeline for approval and reimbursement under this program as follows:

Septic Pumping Program Timeline:

  1. Complete and mail your application to Eastern Panhandle Conservation District (EPCD).
  2. Your application will be reviewed for approval at the following EPCD board meeting (usually 3rd Wednesday of

    the month).

  3. You will be notified of the status of your application after the board meeting.
  4. If you are approved, you will receive an approval packet in the mail.
  5. Have your septic system pumped within 60 days after receiving your packet.
  6. Follow instructions provided in your approval packet and return all necessary forms to EPCD.
  7. Your invoice for reimbursement will be reviewed and approved at the following EPCD board meeting and you

    will receive your reimbursement check shortly thereafter.

Homeowner Signature____________________________________________ Date______________________ Homeowner Signature____________________________________________ Date______________________

Mail to: Eastern Panhandle Conservation District 151 Aikens Center Suite 2
Martinsburg, WV 25404
ATTN: SC Septic Pumping
Or Fax to: 304-263-4986 Or Email to:

Please direct questions to (304) 263-4376 or to the email listed above.


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Approved Not Approved


Project Manager Signature_____________________________ Date: ____________________________________

A Failing Septic Stinks!

Regular pumping of septic systems helps prevent system failure and leakage of contaminants into the fresh water sources of Sleepy Creek, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay. Your Sleepy Creek Watershed Association (SCWA) has teamed with the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District (ECPD) to provide financial assistance to homeowners within the watershed to have their septic system pumped within the next year.Watershed homeowners can apply for assistance by picking up an application at the Morgan County Health Department, the WV University Extension Office, or by printing the downloadable form here. Submit your completed application to the EPCD office in Martinsburg, either by mail, email, or fax (see details on form).

Click on Image to Download Application

Once the application is approved by the EPCD, homeowners are asked to have their septic system pumped with 60 days of approval. Homeowners are required to pay for the pumping in full and submit the paid invoice to the EPCD.   Homeowners will then be reimbursed for 50% of the pumping cost or $150, whichever is less.

If a septic system is determined to be failing upon pumping, homeowners will be required to repair the system. However, additional financial assistance may be available in such cases.


More information about these financial opportunities is available from Suzy Lucas, EPCD, (304) 263-4376, extension 2; or by email: rlucas(at)



Watershed Based Plan for Sleepy Creek-Potomac Direct Drains watershed

Sleepy Creek-Potomac plan

Here you can find out all the details about the Sleepy Creek Watershed-Based Plan and how it relates to Sleepy Creeks’ drainage into the Potomac River.

Click on text below to read entire file.

SleepyCreek_Watershed Based Plan_January 2008

Sleepy Creek Watershed: Defined and described, click “SC Watershed Description” below for details.

SC Watershed Description

Build your own rain garden! Click here for a step-by-step guide.


Rain Garden

Rain garden brochure available to download for free

Download Rain Gardens_WVDEP for step-by-step instructions on installing your rain garden today.

A rain garden is one of the best ways you can help reduce polluted runoff from getting into Sleepy Creek.

Let us know how it goes!  Post a comment below about your rain garden experiences!