Title

Performance Septic Systems: Does an Advanced Septic System Provide Adequate Treatment on Black Hammock Island and is there Adequate Regulatory Policy to Ensure Integrity?

Date of Award

8-13-2007

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

William Robinson

Keywords

Groundwater -- Pollution -- Florida -- Duval County; on site disposal system; on site septic; performance septic system; septic systems; Septic tanks -- Florida -- Duval County; Sewage -- Environmental aspects -- Florida -- Duval County; Sewage disposal -- Law and legislation -- Florida -- Duval County

Abstract

This project determined if the performance based septic system, proposed for a development on Black Hammock Island in Jacksonville, Florida, is the best choice to prevent environmental contamination from septic tanks and if adequate regulatory policy exists. Research shows a central wastewater treatment plant provides the most efficient pollutant removal but can be cost prohibitive. This project found performance based systems surpasses conventional septic system performance and are more suited and economical to remote areas without sewer service. This project finds current regulations to be inadequate and supports ordinance changes proposed by the Mayor of Jacksonville to enhance the current policy and provide more adequate and meaningful regulation.

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