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Florida residents and real estate agents in the U.S. This could be coming to your town so please read this post I wrote today about the Septic Tank issue that the DOH of Florida is trying to get passed. As some of the commenters pointed out; once something like this is done in one state, other states follow.

Please read this post about the Septic Tank Issue in the WSA area in Central Florida.

Here is what a homeowner just wrote as a comment on this post. I wanted to reprint her comment here because this is so important. The DOH would make it so that Monique could not ever sell her house. Most of the time the politicians and government offices do not think through the consequences of their decisions. There is not even enough evidence of nitrogen to even warrant this ruling Please follow Monique's research and link. She has done a much more concise job than I could have ever done to get you the information you need in order to call Governor Crist today to tell him to stop this nonsense.


I live in the Wekiva Study Area (WSA) and have been following this assinine issue for five years. I've attended as many meetings as I can to keep myself informed on this issue and have, likewise, tried to keep my neighbors up to date.

Would I be correct in assuming that a seller disclosure would HAVE to reveal that their home is located in the WSA? This area covers parts of Lake, Seminole and Orange County. Their are 55,000+ homes in the WSA on septic. These are 55,000 homes that are being blacklisted by the state without ANY evidence of the nitrogen concentration the state says is in the Wekiva River/Spring. Trust me, I've seen ALL the data.

My home is located just 3 BLOCKS in the WSA boundary. If this becomes law, then that means my home cannot compete with a home just three blocks away in terms of price, considering this upgrade would be mandatory before a sale. In fact, a friend of mine down by Lake Gertrude would have to upgrade her system, while a home right across the street would not because the WSA boundary cuts right down the middle of the street. Folks, this is already law in Wakulla County and something, I fear, will be implemented statewide if it is not stopped right now.

There are, sorry to say, mobile homes a couple of miles away that would NEVER be able to sell, as, let's face it, this $15,000+ septic system would in some cases be about equal to the value of the mobile home. NO bank is going to lend anyone money for this, whether in good or bad economic times.

I thank you for bringing this to homeowner's attention and hope you keep it on the forefront of discussions. I've written to the Governor, Lt. Governor, Department of Health, my state senator among others. My most recent letter is posted on the Orange County information website. It is chocked full of FACTS that everyone needs to be made aware of, especially those citizens in the WSA. Thank you for your time.

Monique Richison

Thank you Monique for writing this important comment on our blog. You are very passionate about this subject and I hope that we can help homeowners like you to get this stopped now.




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Katerina Gasset
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Please reblog Monique's story!

Feb 23, 2009 10:21 AM #1
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Katerina, well, there are no septic tanks in DC.  But we hae lead pipes that are about 500 years old that carry water to our homes.  Not sure which is worse.

Feb 23, 2009 10:52 AM #3
Katerina Gasset
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Patricia- The lead pipes carry water into a home, the septic tanks keep waste in a tank. You don't drink the waste in the septic tank:)

Feb 23, 2009 11:23 AM #4
Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes

Great blog post by you guys as always. It is pretty crazy for this to happen when there is no real study or hard facts yet to prove the necessaity of this.

Feb 23, 2009 01:11 PM #5
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

This is unreal. Thanks for sharing this with us. Deb

Feb 23, 2009 02:55 PM #6
Gene Wunderlich
1st Action Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
Realtor & Legislative Liaison

We're going through a similar thing in Cali but even more widespread. Here's a link to an article I did for our local paper last week. The Water Board has been studying the issue for 9 years and have come up with some real crappy regulations that could force new system installs to cost up to $35,000, retrofits for $45,000 and some point of sale issues. Our public comment period ended today. It's a statewide issue that impacts thousands of homes. Good luck.

Feb 23, 2009 03:01 PM #7
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
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It's just amazing how our elected officials lose touch once they're in office.  I pray you're successful in fighting this.

Mike in Tucson

Feb 23, 2009 03:20 PM #8
Chrissy Harrison
Referral Only Realty - Longmont, CO

This is already a reality in Boulder County, however, the difference is the septic system has to be registered, permitted and approved before a sale can close. Unfortunately, in many cases, that means a complete replacement. For people who are already upside down in their homes, this makes is nearly impossible to sell. Thanks for the information. (I know, it's been a while - hope all is well!)

Feb 23, 2009 03:29 PM #9
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Katerina - I am counting on the state of Florida to stop this and hope that other states will not follow suit.  This is a very important issue not to be taken lightly.

Feb 23, 2009 03:32 PM #10
Scott Smith
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Gloucester, MA
Gloucester & Rockport, Massachusetts

Katerina: Very intersting post. I didn't know there were septic systems in Florida. I assumed there would be sewers due to all the construction.

Here in my little neck of the woods, half of Gloucester is served by sewer and half by septic. In some neighborhoods, there are homes with septic while sewer tie-ins are available. It is very confusing. We have a law in Massachusetts that a property with a septic system must pass whayt is called Title 5. A homeowner has the system tested and then inspected by the town and a certificate is issued. For a failed system, monies are escrowed at closing. The buyer has 2 years to have a new system installed (or upgraded). Systems can cost upwards of $100K here, due to the challenges of ledge and sometimes quite shallow ground. 

With proper maintenance of a septic system, it is possible for it to last a very long time. Is this not a public health issue? I certainly would not want a home next to me with a failed septic system potentially polluting my property, groundwater, etc.

Feb 23, 2009 11:25 PM #11
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Septic systems are rather prevalent in certain parts of Monmouth County where I specialize in. Residents of Freehold Township and Southern Manalapan NJ are often faced with challenges due to "well water" and failing septic systems. I pray that legislation is passed to give your Florida sellers a fair shot at selling their homes. They are already faced with unheard of challenges as it is.

Feb 24, 2009 05:51 AM #12
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