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City councilman blames faulty septic tanks for algae bloom

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Updated: 10/07/2013 8:58 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- City leaders said fertilizers are not the only culprits behind the latest algae outbreak in the St. Johns River -- defective septic tanks are also to blame.

Councilman Don Redman, who also heads the Water Ways Commission, said it's a major pollution issue that needs to be addressed but it'll end up costing taxpayers millions.

"Jacksonville has a lot of failing septic tanks," said Redman.

For the past few years, there's been a push to phase out the old septic tanks and connect homes to the city's sewage system.

The city's efforts were once funded in part by the federal government but that cash stopped coming in.

Redman said there is not only not enough money but there is also not enough support.

"The river is one of the main assets of downtown, so until we get the river cleaned up -- I mean, we talk about cleaning up Hemming Park, sure that's important, but the river should be just as important," said Redman.

Councilman Jim Love, who represents the Ortega area, an area with one of the worst algal blooms, tells Action News there are at least 60,000 septic tanks in Jacksonville.

The Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Public Works are working together to begin tagging the faulty septic tanks. There's no word on when the replacement project will begin.

The Water Ways Commission will meet again this Wednesday at the City Council chambers.

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rodroc - 10/31/2013 12:16 PM
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Hope that faulty septic tanks can be repaired soon. Nobody deserves to live without a septic tank that works. Regards Rod

millerplante - 10/9/2013 7:50 PM
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Mr Jones - 10/9/2013 10:10 AM
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I think the media as well as city officials need to quit blaming septic systems for the river problems. DEP did a years worth of studies a couple years ago and found alot of problems but septics sytems were less than 1% of the problem. Thats one reason why the federal funding stopped. If COJ wants to install city sewer and upgrade sreets, and drainage be honest and tell the public. Quit looking for an escape goat (septic tanks) We definatly need to replace failing septic systems with modern systems and new technology that has been approved by the state. With support and funding we would be able to stretch the funding to replace more systems that work and save homeowners money.

rebekah - 10/8/2013 4:28 PM
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my classmate's step-mother makes $74 every hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for five months but last month her check was $15064 just working on the computer for a few hours. look at here...... ??? W­W­W.D­a­y­3­5.Co­M ???

RFM2009 - 10/8/2013 8:41 AM
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Don Redman off on another tear..... trying to force all Duval taxpayers and voters to hook up to city sewers. Shame on you Redman. Get yer facts straight!
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