Reducing Nitrogen


We only have three realistic options to reduce human nitrogen: Septic-to-Sewer, upgrading existing systems to current code and the overhaul of the administration and oversite of Florida’s human waste programs. An affordable, efficient and productive plan would include all three. A comprehensive solution would apply the appropriate technology based on its “actual” performance, not by the technologies name. An effective plan would include a simple assessment process that includes location, lot size to fit the most productive technology, costs, location, maintenance and most importantly the owner’s ability to maintain the technology.

A sewer lateral just like septic systems can cracked and leak sewage into our environment, it is understandable that any type of technology buried underground for decades without simple low-cost oversite is ultimately going to fail. It’s not the technology that is the problem, it’s the absence of proper maintenance and oversite. The idea that simply connecting septic systems to sewer will solve our health and nitrogen pollution issues is short sighted and misleading.

“There has been a great deal of focus on septic tank communities (OSTDSs) as the ones likely to be polluting the most. The Source to Slime Study did not find this to be case.” “all three residential communities (septic, sewer, and sewer with reclaimed irrigation) were polluting about the same amount of Total Nitrogen to the aquifer.” Brevard County, FL.,

If we stay the course, we will see little to no nitrogen reduction from the current proposed and expensive nitrogen reduction theories as the new costly nitrogen theories will fail faster than we can afford to replace the older systems.

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Scott Carmody
Palm Bay