Below are the results of the past 3 decades of Florida’s septic system program. Our past and current household sewage treatment program issues a septic permit, then for all practical purposes the States responsibility to protect our health and environment ends.
The only protection we have keeping these systems operating as designed and permitted is if a state official accidently finds a problem with a system, sewage backs up into the house or yard, or an unhappy neighbor reports a problem to the local health department. However, if the problem reported is not reported, the problem does not exist.
The effectiveness of Florida’s septic system program is outlined in a 2012 Florida Senate BILL ANALYSIS AND FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENT, judge for yourself if this program is protecting our health and environment.
None of the issues above are addressed in the Clean Waters Act, the Florida BMAP Programs or the Save the Lagoon Plan, and certainly has nothing to do with the operation of a conventional septic system. The lack of interest in improving Florida’s septic system program adds 16 million pounds of easily preventable nitrogen pollution to Florida’s waters every year.
The simple and affordable act of cleaning up the 3 decades and counting of a failed septic system permitting program, can and will reduce a minimum of 25% (16 million lbs.) of household sewage nitrogen from entering our waters every year. Unfortunately, no one, has any interest in improving Florida’s septic system permitting program.