A well designed and implemented Modern Septic System Remediation Program is a sensible, affordable and realistic long-term solution to reducing, limiting and containing septic system nitrogen. There is simply no other way to effectively reduce household nitrogen than taking better care of the systems we already have in the ground.
Take a community with 20,000 households using conventional septic systems installed over the past 50 years and a budget of $20 million to reduce the household nitrogen.
The EPA estimates that the average household generates 23 pounds of nitrogen a year, the 20,000 households will be producing a total of 460,000 pounds of nitrogen a year.
A modern conventional septic system with proper maintenance and installation to current code requiring a minimum of 24 inches of separation of proper and unsaturated soil from the drainfield to the water table will reduce 50% of the household nitrogen load (Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Wekiva-Area Septic Tank Study 2018). If all 20,000 septic systems were modern septic systems than your nitrogen load would be reduced to 230,000 pounds of nitrogen a year.
However, we do not live in a perfect world and we know that several of our septic systems are not installed properly, are not operating under current codes, most if not all are not properly maintained and a very large majority of the septic systems were installed with the proper drainfield to water table separation resulting in a large majority of our septic systems operating far below their potential.
This causes the bleeding of an easily preventable 115,000 (25%) pounds of nitrogen to our environment every year from the 20,000-septic systems, not because conventional septic systems are used, but because in the last 50 years we have been unable to develop and implement regulation, permitting, administration and oversite of our septic system programs to adequately protect our health and environment.
The transportation of household sewage is mostly unregulated. The unregulated pumped-n-dumped sewage from the 20,000 households with septic systems will allow an estimated 19,700,000 gallons of raw sewage to be transported and dumped throughout your area without anyone knowing where it's going!
While regulatory mismanagement of the 20,000 septic systems allow the bleeding of the cost effective and easily preventable 115,000 pounds of nitrogen and unregulated transportation of 18 million gallons of raw sewage, the industry experts claim that the cost prohibiting septic to sewer and the under preforming nitrogen reduction septic system programs are the only way to move forward to clean up our environment. They are simply ignoring the failed rules, regulations, administration and oversite of the existing 20,000-septic systems.
How much nitrogen will a $20 million budget remove?
Septic to Sewer
$20 million will connect 667 out of 20,000 septic systems to sewer at an average cost of $30,000 each, removing only 7,667 pounds of nitrogen. With no funds left over to support the remaining 19,333 septic systems and the unregulated transportation of 18 million gallons of pumped raw sewage.
Nitrogen Reduction Septic System Remediation
$20 million will replace 889 out of 20,000 septic systems with nitrogen reduction septic systems. However, in reality it is likely that you will not reduce any nitrogen, but add 3,556 more pounds of nitrogen to your environment over a modern conventional septic system. With no funds left over to support the remaining 19,111 septic systems and the unregulated transportation of 18 million gallons of pumped raw sewage. (The results of a 2013 Florida Department of Health Study has shown that the nitrogen reduction septic systems in Florida reduced 17% LESS nitrogen than a modern conventional septic system.)
Septic System Remediation
$2.5 million used to clean-up decades of inadequate and mismanaged septic system regulation with homeowner friendly management programs and without mandatory inspections or forced entry on private property will reduce 435,606 pounds of nitrogen, manage and support 20,000 septic system owners and track the transportation and disposal of 18 million gallons of pumped raw sewage.
Septic to sewer or nitrogen reductions system programs cannot hold a candle to the household nitrogen that can be removed by simply helping property owners take better care of their systems.
A properly developed remediation program is the first step in reducing household nitrogen and provides the benefits of an impact study, providing the vital information needed to properly evaluate future steps in reducing septic system nitrogen.
Carmody’s owner friendly septic system programs are designed to improve the operation of our existing septic systems and can prevent as much as 25% of their nitrogen from entering our environment for a fraction of the cost of septic to sewer, and imposing the installation of the costly nitrogen reducing septic systems that have had extreme difficulty living up to their hype when installed on private property.
Give Carmody a call and let us show you how to efficiently and cost effectively remove household nitrogen from your environment.
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