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We’re Tackling Nutrient Pollution in Our Own Backyards

New septic technology helps protect our iconic Florida springs. Thank you to everyone who has helped make the Septic Upgrade Incentive Program a success. At the current program participation rate, we estimate that the septic upgrade program will be out of funds for this fiscal year on or before April 17, 2020. The program will continue to authorize work with priority given to conventional septic systems that require repair until the funding is exhausted, at which time the program will be suspended until additional funding is finalized. At this time, we anticipate that new funding will be available sometime after the start of the new fiscal year which begins on July 1, 2020.

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Up to $10,000 off

Are you eligible?

Upgraded septic systems may soon be required in some areas of the state. For a limited time, homeowners near certain Outstanding Florida Springs can save up to $10,000 to offset the cost of upgrading a conventional septic system to include nitrogen reducing enhancements. Thank you to everyone who has helped make the Septic Upgrade Incentive Program a success. At the current program participation rate, we estimate that the septic upgrade program will be out of funds for this fiscal year on or before April 17, 2020. The program will continue to authorize work with priority given to conventional septic systems that require repair until the funding is exhausted, at which time the program will be suspended until additional funding is finalized. At this time, we anticipate that new funding will be available sometime after the start of the new fiscal year which begins on July 1, 2020.

Get started

Six steps to better septic.

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1. Check your eligibility. Enter your home address on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s map to check your eligibility.

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2. Find a registered septic tank contractor. Look on the Department of Health website to find a contractor near you.

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3. Choose an approved system. Make sure your septic system contractor is familiar with the new denitrifying septic systems that are approved for use in Florida. 

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4. How do I apply? Your contractor handles all the paperwork. They will file your application with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and they must receive approval before any work can begin.

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5. Make a maintenance plan. Some denitrifying systems require maintenance. You can find a certified maintenance entity, or learn how to do it yourself through classes offered through the Florida Onsite Wastewater Association (321-363-1590).

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Why this is happening

Florida is doubling down on nutrient pollution from septic systems and other sources. Learn why.