Septic Tanks Causing Major Issues in Florida

Septic Tanks Causing Major Issues in Florida

Septic tanks are the source of major issues flowing through Florida. Thousands of residents flush toilets, take showers and wash clothes every day with little thought about all the waste flowing down the drains and into their septic tanks. Many of those septic tanks are too old, too close to each other and too close to groundwater. Most were never designed to remove nitrogen. Statewide, nitrogen and other contaminants flowing into septic systems seep out through Florida’s porous sands and

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Jacksonville Offers Residents a Strategy for Sewer System Renewal

The city of Jacksonville, as well as cities such as St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, have been compiling successful projects to better their sewer system and nearby waterways.  Surveys and analysis have been a factor in determining how much it would cost to treat a portion of the city’s wastewater stream- such as washing machines, tubs, and toilets throughout the city- in more creative ways that are better for the environment than going into the River. Heightened research has allowed

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Jacksonville’s Well-Defined Strategy for Renewal of Water Systems

When Hurricane Matthew whirled in, a substantial burden was placed on the aging collections systems of Florida’s east coast. Within the last several months, a series of essential repairs became necessary in several areas of the state. In Melbourne, a broken sewer pipe which sent approximately 300,000 gallons of raw sewage into the Eau Gallie River is in the process of being rehabilitated as the river flows to the Indian River Lagoon, creating an environmental concern. An undetermined amount of the

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Algae-Blooms Along Florida’s Coastline Create Crisis

There are many waterways in Florida and a plethora of beautiful beaches that draw the attention of residents and tourist, alike. Unfortunately, the massive algae blooms have become a growing concern due to contamination and pollutants in lakes, rivers and even beaches along Florida’s east coast. So much so that a state of emergency was recently called along Florida’s coastline with the current algae bloom affecting the region being attributed to discharges from Lake Okeechobee. Lake Okeechobee is the largest

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Florida’s Lagoon and Wetlands: Ecological Adherence

Florida has many areas of water that can become polluted; requiring residents to make an increased effort on behalf of the environment. Rivers and streams drain into estuaries, bringing in nutrients from uplands. As long as nutrient-rich freshwater flows and tides interact without interference, estuaries will remain productive. Today, they remain one of our greatest natural resources. If you live along the estuary, there are several ways residents can be proactive.  There are ongoing volunteer efforts in place to ensure

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Jacksonville’s Cooperative for Septic Tank Removal

The city of Jacksonville and the Sewer Department (JEA) have a current objective to each spend $15 million over the next five years to reduce the number of septic tanks, particularly those that could pollute area waterways. There are tens of thousands of septic tanks within the city of Jacksonville. The Sewer Department will pay the $15 million in a lump sum to the city for water and sewer infrastructure. The city is slowly trying to reduce the number of

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Florida Cities Offer Sewer Connection Assistance

Many Cities throughout Florida participate in the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) to fund and administer the Sewer Connection Assistance Program. The program assists eligible homeowners who live in neighborhoods impacted by the City’s septic to central sewer system program. The funds may be used to pay costs associated with connection to the sewer system, including:  City impact fees, City special assessment fees, private plumber sewer system connection fees. Up to $12,000 per housing unit is available, in the form

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