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Spin this anti-swer crowd. This article in the NDN Sunday Edition just put a nail in the coffin of your candidates!
Health, water officials share facts about Marco sewer programJOAN COLFER, M.D., JON IGLEHART and CLARENCE TEARS, Special to the Daily NewsSaturday, January 19, 2008 The Marco Island Septic Tank Replacement Program questions and answers:What are the advantages of a centralized sewer system over individual septic tanks?There are several advantages:-- A central system provides controlled and monitored disposal of human waste.-- Advanced wastewater treatment systems are monitored 24 hours a day, problems with them can be quickly addressed and remedied.-- Instead of thousands of individual systems with the potential for numerous problems, there would be one central system to manage and monitor.-- The advanced wastewater treatment facility will be able to provide reuse water as an alternative water supply and reduce the city of Marco Islandâ€™s potable water demand by 12 percent.-- Advanced wastewater systems treat effluent to a much higher level than septic tanks do.-- Central wastewater systems have certified operators who can make adjustments to the treatment process.- - -Have government agencies supported the Marco Island Septic Tank Replacement Program?Yes. The Health Department has always supported the effort to put public sewers on the Island in place of individually maintained septic systems. The state has also provided funding for this project through a revolving credit line. The program has been supported by the South Florida Water Management District/Big Cypress Basin and Basin Board with a $6 million commitment over a five-year period.- - -Does the Septic Tank Replacement Program have an impact on Marco Islandâ€™s canals and waterways?Yes, many of Marco Islandâ€™s canal networks are located directly adjacent to residential areas with septic systems. Discharge of nutrients, detergents, pharmaceuticals and potentially even fecal bacteria into the groundwater is a concern for water quality and the environment, as well as public health.- - -
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