JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Some of Jacksonville’s ageing septic tanks — which have in many cases been accountable for pollution runoff into Florida’s waterways — may shortly be replaced by a sewer method working with new technology that would conserve the town hundreds of tens of millions of bucks.

According to a new report from JEA, septic tank phaseout in 32 discovered neighborhoods would have price tag about $1 billion, but that number would fall to $743 million employing vacuum sewer technological know-how.

“One of the essential advantages of the vacuum sewer program is that it will be significantly a lot less disruptive to people through building,” reported JEA spokesperson Karen McAllister. “Excavation is shallow, exactly where currently development is in the center of the road, and excavation can operate from 3 to 20 ft deep.”

Making use of a vacuum station, vacuum mains and a valve pit, JEA would be capable to pull sewage as a result of the pipes, fairly than making use of a regular gravity sewer that demands deep trenches and several alterations in elevation so that the wastewater can movement.


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″Some of the other positive aspects for people is that they take considerably less time for development, involve less services, and generate significantly less odor,” McAllister said.

According to the new report from JEA:

  • A full of 22,998 unsewered parcels ended up evaluated

  • 97% of them (22,395) have been advised to be served by a vacuum collection process

  • The remaining had been advised for a gravity collection system or state-of-the-art onsite procedure process

Septic tank phaseout get the job done has by now started off in the Biltmore and Beverly Hills neighborhoods. The Christobel neighborhood is the next neighborhood slated for septic tank phase-out.

The Florida Legislature lately awarded Jacksonville $6 million for septic tank period-out get the job done.

Town Council users also voted in March to set $14.4 million in new town funding together with $12.5 million from JEA into the sewer design jobs.

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