Florida has been delinquent for decades in developing and managing effective rules, regulations and permitting programs that will actually protect our health and environment. This is without question the number one cause of nitrogen contamination from septic systems.

  • 99% of Florida's existing septic systems are not and have never been under any management or maintenance requirements.

  • Approximately 2 million existing septic systems are 20-years or older, which is the average lifespan of a septic system in Florida. 

  • 1.3 million existing septic systems were installed prior to 1983. Pre-1983 septic systems were required to have a six-inch separation from the bottom of the drainfield to the estimated seasonal high-water table. 

If our septic system nitrogen proplems were given a fair and impartial review, you would find that mess of decades of incompetence and mismanagement of our septic system programs is without a doubt the primary cause of our septic system nitrogen contamination. 

The nitrogen contribution to the Florida's waters from the mess of regulatory mismanagement of Florida''s septic systems adds close to 16,000,000 lbs. of nitrogen a year , none of which is included in the BMAP plans. 


The experts claim that the nitrogen reduction septic systems will reduce 65%+ nitrogen. However, in the real world, the nitrogen reduction septic systems operating here in Florida have only averaged 33% nitrogen reduction. That is 17% “LESS” nitrogen reduction than a modern $8,000 conventional septic system. 

"The majority of the systems tested would not have produced a benefit over a conventional OWTS (septic systems) installed in suitable soil." (2006  Damann L. Anderson, P.E., of Hazen and Sawyer, P.C., )

What has been purposely left out of the public conversations about the nitrogen reduction septic systems, is their difficulty to maintain 65%+ nitrogen reduction on private properties! And, the odds of the enhanced nitrogen reduction systems getting their required and expensive maintenance when forced on homeowners living pay check to pay check!

Nitrogen reduction septic system maintenance is never discussed in public meetings, which is ironic considering that maintenance is the only thing keeping septic system nitrogen contamination to the absolute minimum.  “It is not the septic system type that removes nitrogen, it’s the septic system’s maintenance!” 

The more complicated, expensive and repetitive you make the maintenance, the more difficult it becomes for the septic system to meet its nitrogen reduction claims, especially when forced on homeowners living pay check to pay check! 

The nitrogen reduction septic system program has been around for a long time and it failed miserably! Everything you are being told today about the “new” nitrogen reduction septic systems is the same song and dance promised 20 years ago, and it failed! 

Florida  officials  will spend hundreds of millions of your public and private funds over the next 20 years by mandating the installation of nitrogen reduction septic systems they know will not deliver. They are ignoring the systems history of poor performance, somehow expecting a different result!


The development of a conventional septic system remediation program is a sensible, affordable and realistic long-term solution to reducing, limiting and containing septic system nitrogen from “all types” of septic systems. If setup properly it will stabilize, limit and control septic system nitrogen contamination. A properly developed remediation program will also provide the benefits of an impact study providing the vital information needed to properly evaluate future steps in reducing septic system nitrogen, such as selecting locations for septic-to-sewer projects. 

This is not a check-the-box pump-out or inspection program. A remediation program incorporates the needs of all stakeholders; state, regional, county and local government agencies, owners, contractors, real estate, banking, general public, etc.… to implement and support, education, incentive and improvement projects to reduce the impact the septic systems have on our environment.

Reducing, limiting, containing and learning as much as possible about your problem before taking action is always good policy and is generally the first step in evaluating and developing a sound and economical solution to any problem. 

How do you learn, evaluate or improve the impact of a “device” that is determined to have a negative impact on your environment when you don’t know how many you have, their condition, if they are working properly, if they are being maintained properly or if their hazardous waste is being disposed of safely?