Wekiva Basin Septic issue postponed for further studies

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This is great news for the 50,000+ property owners located in this 3 county area as well as all septic tank owners throughout the State of Florida.  The State had originally proposed that all septic systems located in this area be upgraded to the new $15,000+ systems at the time of replacement, home remodeling, or within 18 months of a sale. Additional proposals would take the program statewide. 


The Florida Department of Health was planning on implementing this program as soon as August 2009 even though the legislature had got the process rolling for further scientific studies on the issue. 

The whole issue surrounds high nitrogen levels in the Wekiva River which flows out of the Northwest Orange County area.  High nitrogen levels are causing plants and wildlife to struggle.  However there is a big controversy on whether it is truly septic systems causing the problem or whether it is fertilizer being used on lawns and farms in the area.  The Realtor associations, investor associations, many homeowner's associations, and all 3 county commissions of Orange, Seminole, and Lake County have made big objections to implementing this rule without doing the studies first.  After all why make people spending an extra $15,000+ for a new system when the studies are incomplete and possibly just plain wrong.

Fortunately, the governor signed the new state budget into law yesterday and part of the budget will require that Department of Health to back off until these studies are completed - probably next year sometime.  Here is one take that the Orlando Sentinel had on the issue last week.

Fantastic news for everyone that owns a home in the area.  Now flush away!


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John Secor
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Rob - while I agree more study needs to be done it goes without saying that BOTH factors are polluting the Wekiva.  It kills me to say this but I think any new construction in the area should be required to have the new system in place.  Existing homes should be given a reasonable time period, maybe 10 years to convert.  As an alternative, the counties could also build a sewer system cooperatively, require residents to hook up then special assess affected residents annually amortized over 10 years to soften the hit. 

If I were a resident in the area I know I wouldn't like it but waiting for more studies and the passage of time only increases the eventual cost to the people and most importantly, to the river.


May 29, 2009 06:29 AM #1
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

This is why the studies need to be completed.  Instead of assuming that this is what is polluting the raquifer let's get some proof. 

Studies in the Florida Keys have shown the exact opposite - that the new septic systems actually have a higher failure rate than the current systems and thus cause higher pollution.  If you read through the article regarding the UCF studies with ground up tires, there appears to be a much cheaper way to possbily solve this issue once and for all.

May 30, 2009 01:26 AM #2
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