Environmental Health

Onsite Wastewater Assistance Program (OSWAP)

Low-cost financing to help rural homeowners replace outdated or inadequate private sewage disposal systems.

The Onsite Wastewater Assistance Program (OSWAP) offers low interest rate loans through participating lenders to homeowners for the repair or replacement of inadequate or failing septic systems. An applicant must own an existing home with a septic system in an unincorporated area (outside city limits, not served by a public sewer.  Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 69: Private Sewage Disposal Systems, states that all private sewage disposal systems must have a secondary wastewater treatment system following the septic tank.

Upgrading your private sewage disposal system to meet Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 69: Private Sewage Disposal Systems will help prevent pollution of surface water, groundwater and private water wells in Iowa. Without proper secondary treatment, human waste containing harmful bacteria and viruses is discharged directly into the environment, causing human hazards.

For more information, please call (563) 557-7396  
or Email: Bailey.avenarius@dubuquecountyiowa.gov