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State implements new rules for septic tanks
City of DeBary SealResidents of Lake Marie Estates and Plantation Estates

 State implements new rules for septic tanks

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has implemented new rules for septic tank owners in the DeLeon Spring and Gemini Spring basins to reduce nitrogen pollution that is impacting the water quality of the springs.

The two areas are among 30 springs identified by the Florida Legislature in 2016 that require additional protections to ensure their conservation and restoration for future generations. In these areas, effluent water from septic tanks has been identified as a major contributor of nitrogen pollution. Within each spring basin the FDEP identified primary focus areas (PFAs), which are areas where the aquifer is most vulnerable to pollutants.

Homeowners and business owners in the identified PFAs who are installing new septic systems or adding rooms on lots less than one acre are required to include enhanced treatment of nitrogen. The installation of nitrogen-reducing systems will not be required if a central sewer connection project is planned by a local government and the project has been included in the remediation plan.

For owners of existing septic tanks in the basin areas, there will be no immediate changes. However, in the future, failing systems will need to be enhanced with nitrogen-removing technology or the home or business will need to connect to central sewer.

Property owners in the Gemini, DeLeon or Blue Spring PFAs who wish to upgrade their existing septic system to a higher efficiency nitrogen treatment unit may be eligible for funding assistance through the FDEP. More information is available at

To learn more about the requirements and view an FDEP interactive map of the primary focus areas, visit or contact Volusia County Pollution Control Manager Tom Carey at 386-736-5927 or

To view the above flyer please click on the following link:

City of DeBary
16 Colomba Road
DeBary, FL  32713
(386) 668-2040

City of DeBary, FL
16 Colomba Rd, DeBary, FL 32713
Phone: (386) 668-2040  Fax: (386) 668-4122