(2019 Source to Slime Study in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida Institute of Technology & Marine Resources Council).
New and existing sewer laterals are acceptable to many of the same problems as septic systems; age, root damage, breaks, cracks, separated joints, soil movement, damaged caused by vehicles parked or driven over them and no oversite, all which has nothing to do with the technology type. The idea that simply connecting septic systems to sewer, then walking away, will solve our health and nitrogen pollution issues is short sighted and misleading.
Just like septic systems without upkeep sewer laterals brake, crack & leak sewage into our waters.
The truth is not very much! The average household according to the EPA and FDEP creates about 23 lbs. of nitrogen a year. On average our existing septic systems remove about 8.6 lbs. of nitrogen, when connecting a septic system to sewer you are only removing about 14.4 lbs. of nitrogen.
The average cost to connect a residence to sewer is $30,000, the average cost per lb. to remove nitrogen with septic to sewer is realistically about $2,083 per lb. Without question the septic to sewer agenda is the most expensive choice in reducing household nitrogen with the least amount of return in nitrogen reduction return..
$1 million dollars of public funds spent on septic to sewer will connect about 33 homes and will only remove an estimated 479 lbs. of nitrogen. That same $1 million dollars in public funds invested in helping property owners to keep their existing septic system operating within Florida's current rules and regulations, can improve as many as 384 septic system and prevent as much as 38,411 lbs. of nitrogen from our polluting Florida’s environment.