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Status of Septic Systems in the East and West Spring Lake Area Presented by Karl Henry, R.E.H.P., M.B.A. Environmental Administrator Florida Department.

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1 Status of Septic Systems in the East and West Spring Lake Area Presented by Karl Henry, R.E.H.P., M.B.A. Environmental Administrator Florida Department of Health Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County

2 Background East and West Spring Lake is part of the Managed Septic Program East and West Spring Lake is part of the Managed Septic Program The purpose of the managed septic program is to maintain the surface water and groundwater quality standards in Charlotte County The purpose of the managed septic program is to maintain the surface water and groundwater quality standards in Charlotte County Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the Florida Administration Commission acting on behalf of the Department of Community Affairs issued Final Order AC89-5 that accepted the non sewer solution as a managed septic program. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the Florida Administration Commission acting on behalf of the Department of Community Affairs issued Final Order AC89-5 that accepted the non sewer solution as a managed septic program.

3 Background FDEP required the BOCC to implement a program within 180 days, to ensure that septic systems within the drainage area of the Manchester Waterway be appropriately pumped out and maintained in a functional condition. FDEP required the BOCC to implement a program within 180 days, to ensure that septic systems within the drainage area of the Manchester Waterway be appropriately pumped out and maintained in a functional condition.septic systemsseptic systems On August 28, 2007 BOCC passed (County Ordinance No ) that required the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County, to develop and administer a program that would regularly service and inspect the area, and adopt a fee schedule to defray the expenses. On August 28, 2007 BOCC passed (County Ordinance No ) that required the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County, to develop and administer a program that would regularly service and inspect the area, and adopt a fee schedule to defray the expenses. The Final Order and DEP permit require the program to be enforced until all affected residences are placed on a sanitary sewer system. The Final Order and DEP permit require the program to be enforced until all affected residences are placed on a sanitary sewer system. Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County, (2013), Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County, (2013),

4 Background The monitoring includes, evaluation of properties, resolving customer complaints, and maintaining the septic tracking data base. The monitoring includes, evaluation of properties, resolving customer complaints, and maintaining the septic tracking data base. The managed program requires that septic tanks are pumped and inspected by a licensed septic contractor or plumber and the Health Department issuing a 5 year operating permit. The managed program requires that septic tanks are pumped and inspected by a licensed septic contractor or plumber and the Health Department issuing a 5 year operating permit.

5 Managed Septic System Original List7152 Complied602284% Not complied at all3935.5% Pumped but not paid6579% Paid but not pumped801% Total113016% Need Repairs2774% Repaired178225% Total205929%

6 Managed Septic System Repairs

7 Charlotte County Managed Septic System – Spring Lake Total number to be connected1850 Not complied at all13 Pumped but not paid66 Paid but not pumped204 Total283 Repaired265

8 Heavy Corrosion

9 Exterior Evidence

10 10% of Tanks With Hole in Hatch / Lid

11 SEWAGE TO GROUNDWATER

12 CORROSION INSIDE TANK

13 TANK WITH HOLE IN SIDE

14 CORRODED TANK FAILING

15 CORRODED TANK LID

16 FAILED DRAIN FIELD

17 HOLE IN TANK WITH CARDBOARD PLUG

18 CORROSION AROUND OUTLET ALLOWING FOR SEWAGE LEAK

19 Challenges and Opportunities Whether or not the resolution is adopted there is a need for consistency in enforcement in managed area. Whether or not the resolution is adopted there is a need for consistency in enforcement in managed area. Staffing – shortage due to workforce reduction in Staff will be better able to handle the workload for the Managed System if the resolution is adopted. Staffing – shortage due to workforce reduction in Staff will be better able to handle the workload for the Managed System if the resolution is adopted. Opportunity for stakeholder partnership in education about the maintenance of septic systems. Partnership with university and the community. Opportunity for stakeholder partnership in education about the maintenance of septic systems. Partnership with university and the community.

20 Our goal is to make our community healthier Thank you !!


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