Middle Peninsula residents required to pump out septic tanks could be eligible for financial assistance through the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission. Limited grant funding is available for low-to-moderate income households in the region on a first-come, first-served basis, thanks to funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and under an assistance agreement with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Approved participants will receive a voucher that covers 50% of the cost to pump out a septic tank. A list of participating septic haulers will be provided with the voucher. Properties eligible for financial assistance must be located in a designated Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area in a Middle Peninsula locality… the counties of Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Mathews, and Middlesex and the Towns of Tappahannock, Urbanna, and West Point… and be subject to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act’s requirement to pump out septic tanks every five years. Applicants must either own the property where the septic tank is located or be responsible for the maintenance of the septic tank in the agreement with their landlord. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2020 or until funds have been expended. For an application or additional information, call 804-758-2311 or visit