Letter to the Editor: An open letter to all homeowners who are faced with conversion of their septic tanks to connect with a central sewer system

The City of Marco Island recently took action to waive the normal fees relating to converting septic tanks to cisterns and has requested the Collier County Health Department to do the same – all in an effort to encourage an investment by individual homeowners to convert their septic tank to a cistern.

There are at least two benefits to the conversion especially now that the City has waived its fees and, hopefully, so will the County Department of Health:

1. Over time, an increasing amount of rainwater (cumulative) will be retained and used for watering of lawns, shrubs and other vegetation with a subsequent decrease in the use of potable water; and ...

2) Over time, the homeowner who makes this investment will be rewarded by extending the useful life of his septic tank (as opposed to seeing it needlessly destroyed), along with a reduction of his need for expensive, treated potable water.

If you believe this to be a good investment for our children’s future, please make your views known to the Collier County Department of Health and your local jurisdiction.

Chuck Kiester

Marco Island

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jwputnam writes:

Interesting. Obviously Chuck did not get the memo from Thompson and Joel about discouraging cisterns so as to keep utility revenues high.

It is nice to know that there is a councilman out there who works for the homeowner isn't it?

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