Using the septic tank to save water
Marco City Manager Steve Thompson on septic ...
MARCO ISLAND — City Manager Steve Thompson said the city is in the process of applying for grants which might allow single family homeowners to convert their septic tank into a cistern to use for watering their lawns by collecting rain water.
The grant applications are due in April and rules are also being set, likely in late April or early May, to allow such use.
Thompson said the grants would likely be for about $500 for the homeowner with conversion possible after Oct. 1. Disinfection, conversion and setting up the septic tank as a cistern for irrigation would likely cost $2,500 to $5,000 per home, he said.
“It’s all still very iffy,” Thompson said Monday.
He anticipates sending further information to residents in upcoming water bills.
“We anticipate a water savings of about $60 per year net. This is not an economical thing. It is an environmental issue,” Thompson said.