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


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Organizational Unit

University College, Environmental Policy and Management


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

First Advisor

William Robinson


Groundwater, Pollution, Florida, Duval County, On site, Disposal system, Performance septic system, Septic systems, Septic tanks, Sewage, Environmental aspects, Law and legislation


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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