COLUMBUS — Area counties will receive funding from Ohio EPA to help homeowners with failing home septic systems. The financial assistance comes through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund to help low-to-moderate income homeowners repair and replace failing home sewage treatment systems.

Statewide, it is estimated that more than 30 percent of all household sewage treatment systems exhibit some degree of failure due to poor maintenance or age.

Depending on the household incomes, homeowners may qualify for 50 to 100 percent of costs for home sewer system repair or replacement.

Area counties receiving funds include: Belmont, Harrison, Muskingum, Morgan and Washington. Each will receive $200,000.