Welcome to the Rockingham County Septic Assistance Program!

Rockingham County surrounds the City of Harrisonburg and is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, positioned between the Blue Ridge Mountains on the eastand the Allegheny Mountains on the west. Rockingham County contains the two headwaters sections of the Shenandoah River, a tributary to the Potomac River which then drains to the Chesapeake Bay.

Rockingham County is the third largest county in Virginia, with around 33% of it’s land being used for agricultural. As a result, many people live outside the range of the public sewer systems, and rely on conventional onsite waste disposal systems.

Many of these septic systems are aging and failing, causing problems for homeowners and for local water quality if they are not repaired. The quality of the streams, creeks, and rivers of Rockingham County is ultimately in the hands of the people.

Why should I maintain my system?

Proper usage and maintenance of your septic system provides all of the benefits listed below

♦Vital to prolonging the life of your system

♦Increases the value of your home

♦Protects water quality

♦Prevent costly repairs which saves you money!

Common problems associated with septic systems:






How do I know if my septic system is failing?

♦Wet spots or standing water in your yard

♦Odd growth patterns in your grass

♦Septic odor inside or outside of your home

♦Slow or backed up drains

Do your part to help improve public health and local water quality. Maintain your Septic System!

Through the Rockingham County Septic Assistance Program the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation (SVSWCD) offers financial assistance to Rockingham County homeowners looking to repair their failing septic systems!

The SVSWCD offers assistance with a variety of Septic System maintenance and repairs including:

♦Septic tank pump outs

♦Connection to public sewer for failing systems

♦Septic system repairs

♦Septic system replacement

♦Installation of septic system to replace a straight pipe

♦Alternative septic system installations

Click here for an informational brochure

Contact the SVSWCD to learn more about the program and how to apply for financial assistance to repair your septic system.

Contact Megan Trice at (540) 433-2853 ext. 121, megan.trice@svswcd.org