Estero explores extending water, sewer lines to areas with septic tanks
The Florida Department of Health estimates there are more than 2 million septic systems across the state. Lee County has more than 133,000 septic tanks, according to the department.
Some scientists say leaky septic tanks can contribute to disastrous environmental events, such as the algae crisis that plagued Southwest Florida waters last year.
In Estero, many properties with septic systems are located along the Estero River, according to the village. The concern about water quality in the river, designated a special water by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, has caused the village to examine taking action on septic tanks.
“We’ve got to step up to the plate and make this happen, like other counties are doing,” said Estero Mayor Bill Ribble.