The preservation and conservation of potable (drinking) water is the only issue of which I am aware on which every Marco resident agrees. And, I commend both existing and past city councils and city administrations for their foresight in developing reservoirs and other infrastructure which have placed the city of Marco in an enviable position.
There is more that we, as residents, can do to ensure potable water is available to our children and grandchildren in the future. That is, for those of us yet to be converted from septic tanks to sewer, to take advantage of a grant program available from the South Florida Water Management District to convert our septic tanks to cisterns. The latter of which could then be used to supplement our city potable water system in the watering of lawns.
Personally, I like the suggestion of one our residents to use this water for drip irrigation of shrubs and plants which is even more water-wise. If that individual has a cost estimate for that type of conversion, I would greatly appreciate it if you would contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 394-1612.
According to our city manager, the cost of making this conversation may exceed any savings from our water bills at least in most of our life-spans, but it is the right thing to do for the future of our children and grandchildren. The extra cost, if any, will be offset by a $500 to $750 grant, and you will no longer need to pay the city’s contractor $900 plus or minus for having your septic tank destroyed.
The city needs a minimum of 27 residents to sign up for this program before April 20 (probably earlier) to make the city eligible to receive the grant; therefore, if you are interested, please contact Rony Joel at city hall at 389-5000 ASAP.
Editor’s Note: City Manager Steve Thompson announced Monday that a letter to the residents within the Sheffield sewer district is being prepared to extend the date for response regarding septic tank abandonment from April 10 to May 20 to allow them time to decide if they would like to participate in the cistern program, if approved.