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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Hernando poised to become first county to opt out of septic tank inspections

Published 05/07/2012
Hernando County is poised to become the first county to opt out of requiring septic tank inspections under HB 1263.

The 19 counties with the largest "first-magnitude" springs (with flows exceeding 64.6 million gallons per day) are required to conduct limited inspections unless they first opt out by Jan. 1, 2013

Conventional septic tanks, he said, do little to prevent nitrogen from reaching groundwater, regardless of whether they are operating properly. He said fertilizer use is a larger culprit in causing springs to become choked with algae, along with excessive pumping that threatens the future flow of groundwater to springs.

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