Florida Chamber, legislators push for septic to sewer conversion

Based on current population growth, it’s estimated Florida will need 20 percent more freshwater by 2030 to meet the needs of residents and visitors. (Source: The Capitolist)

From The Capitolist: Two state lawmakers, Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, and Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, have filed legislation aimed at dealing with the problem. They say septic tank pollution is a problem for many of Florida’s waterways, but it’s especially an issue throughout the 156-mile long Indian River Lagoon.

The legislators are looking to continue the work of the Legacy Florida bill passed last year that provided funding for the Everglades and spring restoration. Their Legacy Florida 2.0 legislation would set aside $50 million a year as grants to be used for water-quality monitoring and storm water runoff projects, as well as septic tank conversions.

“Water is liquid gold, especially in the state of Florida,” said Harrell. “Legacy Florida 2.0 will  provide a dedicated and reliable funding source to address the problem.”

For the complete story: http://thecapitolist.com/florida-chamber-legislators-push-for-septic-to-sewer-conversion-to-cleanup-the-states-waters/

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