septic tanks

During a presentation on nutrient loads caused by septic systems before the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government, Dr. Brian E. Lapointe, a research professor at Florida Atlantic University, said septic tanks are a major factor behind a recent spike in harmful algal blooms. A problem that, in his opinion, is “the most important and urgent issue facing our state.”

Amid concerns that leaky septic systems are polluting waterways, a Florida Republican senator filed legislation Wednesday  that would require the Florida Department of Health to identify all septic systems in the state by Jan. 1, 2021 and provide a map of the systems.

The group advising Governor-elect Ron Desantis on environmental issues met Monday for the first time. Members focused on water quality and supply.


Saltwater intrusion is just one of the risks facing South Florida's drinking water. 

The Biscayne Aquifer, a 4,000-mile sponge-like rock formation that filters and stores the region's clean groundwater, is also being polluted by sewage runoff and other contaminants. 

Leaking septic tanks may be causing prolonged algae blooms like the one currently killing fish and wildlife near Lake Okeechobee.

Pasco County Sheriff's Office

Emergency management officials will collect water samples to test for E.coli on Monday in the immediate neighborhood where a sinkhole swallowed two homes in Florida.

The Duval County Health Department will receive just over a half million dollars from the state Department of Environmental Protection for its septic tank survey project.

Brevard County

Advocates are cheering Governor Rick Scott’s proposal to spend $40 million on replacing septic tanks with sewer systems around the Indian River Lagoon.

Septic Tank Inspections Sought As Part Of Home Sales

Jan 19, 2017
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Pointing in part to water-quality problems in the Indian River Lagoon, a Brevard County House member Wednesday proposed requiring septic-tank inspections as part of the sales of homes and other types of real estate.

Longwood Will Replace Septic Tanks Near Wekiwa Springs

Oct 26, 2016
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Longwood is getting more than $800,000 to replace septic tanks near Wekiwa Springs State Park.

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Rockledge is getting additional funding to remove 143 septic tanks from near the Indian River Lagoon.

Most people don’t think about the septic tank until it needs to be pumped out. And even then, most people don’t care where the stuff goes when the smelly truck pulls away. But as Jim Ash reports, some lawmakers are looking at the final destination closely and environmentalists are concerned.

A group of senators have agreed to support a bill that would remove or improve septic tanks in an effort to protect springs and groundwater. Four Senate Committee Chairmen have agreed to support the bill, which has yet to be filed, and would cost nearly $380 million a year, according to the Florida Current.