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Longwood Will Replace Septic Tanks Near Wekiwa Springs

The Florida Channel
Wekiwa Springs State Park

Longwood is getting more than $800,000 to replace septic tanks near Wekiwa Springs State Park.

One hundred septic tanks will be replaced, eliminating some 3,600 pounds of nutrients annually from Wekiwa Springs. It’s part of a $57 million state investment in springs this fiscal year.

Orange County rejected similar funding because of concern about cost-effectiveness.

Nutrients from leaking septic tanks and fertilizers are a primary cause for the algae blooms and other problems plaguing Florida’s waterways.

The funding comes from the state Department of Environmental Protection and St. Johns River Water Management District.