Florida funding to speed up septic-to-sewer conversion in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The state of Florida is allocating $41 million for septic-to-sewer conversions in the areas of Pine Hills and Wekiva Springs as part of a multiyear project to improve waterways.
In 2019, 32 of the 44 homes in Richmond's neighborhood voted to move forward with septic-to-sewer conversion. Richmond was one of the "yes" votes, and as secretary of her community's homeowners association, the notion meant more than just a boost in home values.
“I really care about the environment,” Richmond said. “And so do a lot of other people. We need to get rid of these septic tanks that are causing problems and polluting the water."
According to Orange County Utilities, septic waste leaks into the water and makes up 29% of nitrates in the springs, contributing to algae blooms.
For some homeowners who live nearby, like Gale Hoover Richmond, making the switch is about preservation for future generations.
“I’d like the Wekiva River to go back to what it was,” she said. “And with that, you have the wildlife."