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)
Project Summary: This project is to study cost-effective ways to reduce the impact of nitrogen contributed by onsite sewage systems throughout the State of Florida. It is an anticipated 6-year project with a budget of $5,100,000.
Preselection of technologies and prioritizing technology for field testing
Field testing of technologies at actual home sites and cost documentation
Evaluation of nitrogen reduction provided by soils and the shallow groundwater below and down gradient of various systems
Development of a simple model for predicting nitrogen fate and transport from onsite wastewater systems
Performance And Management Of Advanced Onsite Systems (2007 - 2013)
Project Summary: This project is to assess water quality protection by advanced onsite sewage systems. Some examples of advanced systems are performance based treatment systems, aerobic treatment units, and sand filters. This project is funded by a grant from EPA.
Detailed study of variability of performance of advanced systems in the Florida Keys
Creation of a statewide database of advanced systems based on permit records
Conduct a survey of the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the current management of advanced onsite systems
Perform a statewide assessment of operating condition and performance of advanced systems (random sample of systems)
Perform quarterly influent and effluent sampling for a sample of systems
Develop a booklet with case studies outlining both strengths and weaknesses of the current program and best practices in advanced onsite management
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.