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Repeal of controversial septic tank requirements close to reality

The Legislature is close to repealing a 2010 law that required Floridians to have their septic tanks inspected once every five years. Almost from the beginning, critics decried the measure as creating unnecessary and costly “one-size-fits-all” rules for the entire state.

The House has already approved HB 999, which replaces the statewide requirements with new restrictions on local inspection programs in counties with first-magnitude, or large, springs. The measure also allows local governments to opt out of the new program with a 60-percent majority vote.

The Senate’s Budget Committee approve that chamber's version of the repeal, SB 820 sponsored by Charlie Dean, R-Inverness. The legislation is now ready for a floor vote. Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, both voted "no" on SB 820. Negron said he was uncomfortable with the measure because it goes beyond a simple repeal of the 2010 law.

The repeal of the 2010 septic tank laws have been applauded by business groups, realtors and home builders. Dean tried to get similar legislation passed last year, but Senate leaders wouldn’t support it.

Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, voted in favor of SB 820 but said he had some reservations. Lawmakers from Jacksonville have express concerns about the impact of SB 820 and whether it would restrict local governments from updating their existing septic tank guidelines, Thrasher said.


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For those still on septic, use the All-Natural http://www.MillerPlante.net Advanced Formula Septic-Helper 2000. It has the 8 natural bacteria and enzymes that liquefy the waste in the tank AND out in the drain field for less than $3 per month. To reduce your Phosphate and Nitrate levels to Zero coming from your Laundry, use their new All-Natural Enza Wash-Balls. According to the EPA, Chemicals used in the home are the #1 problem polluting water supplies and water wells.

In 2011, the EPA (TMDL), Mandates that States clean up their water supplies. It mandates new inspections on all septic systems, water wells and with funding, local waterways. A failed inspection would include a slow drain in your leach field, low septic tank bacteria levels or elevated Nitrate levels in your Water Well or local Water Supplies; could require replacement of your entire system for $10K to $80K+ or connect to the city sewer system for $5K to $40K. The EPA admits that the new inspections are failing 12% of systems each year and 82% of those older than 1977.

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As septic systems age it is important to inspect these systems that are near water bodies, areas with higher water tables, and septic systems that can affect the environmental health. A county in Montana just completed an inventory and inspection of their septic systems to determine the state of their septic systems. They found severe defficiences with older systems. Owners will allow septics to seep out and degrade the environment. Drink up Florida!

Greg Mayfield, R.S.


I think the best solution to overcome the problem is by using a small graywater recycling system. In fact, it is a common norm in our today’s society and it is also considered the most practical approach to conserve water. I have also seen people going towards using membrane bioreactor. Although setup cost maybe slightly higher, it is still better than the old septic system. http://www.wastewatersystem.net/2011/03/membrane-bioreactor-technology-for.html

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