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Onsite Sewage Program

Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)


In 2020, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 712, also known as the Clean Waterways Act, now Chapter 2020-150, Laws of Florida. This legislation passed with unanimous, bipartisan support and carries a wide range of water-quality protection provisions aimed at minimizing the impact of known sources of nutrient pollution and strengthening regulatory requirements.

Onsite Sewage Past Research Projects

Background Information

  • OSTDS research program started in 1983.
  • The program research focused on investigating public health impacts, environmental impacts, and performance of onsite systems.
  • Results from these research have historically helped shape the onsite industry as it exists today.

Florida Onsite Sewage Nitrogen Reduction Strategies Study (2009 – 2015)

Program Transfer

Transfer of the Onsite Sewage Program from Department of Health to Department of Environmental Protection, Effective July 1, 2021

This page was created to provide a central repository for information related to the transfer of the Onsite Sewage Program from DOH to DEP. The transfer was proposed in the 2020 Legislative Session in Senate Bill 712. The bill passed and was signed into law by Governor DeSantis on June 30, 2020, as Chapter 2020-150. The bill and the Law can be viewed in the documents posted below on this page.


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