When President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill on Dec. 20, it included a present for onsite installers. A few paragraphs in the bill allow low-income rural homeowners to access a pool of money for upgrading or replacing their onsite wastewater systems. The law allows grants of up to $20,000.

Because this is a piece of federal legislation, that doesn’t mean the cash drawer is open. The way Congress works, a bill creating a program is separate from the appropriations bill that allocates money it.

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