In an effort to maintain the surface
water and groundwater quality standards in Charlotte County, the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the
Florida Administration Commission acting on behalf of the Department
of Community Affairs issued Final Order AC89-5 that accepted the non
sewer solution as a managed septic program. Additionally FDEP
required the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)
through Permit No. 08-0210682-001 to implement a program within 180
days, to ensure that
septic systems within the drainage area of the
Manchester Waterway be appropriately pumped out and maintained in a
functional condition. This area includes the Manchester and Spring
On August 28, 2007 BOCC passed (County
Ordinance No. 2007-061) that required the Charlotte County Health
Department (CCHD), a Division of the Florida Department of Health,
to develop and administer a program that would regularly service and
inspect the area in question, and to adopt a fee schedule to defray
the expenses. CCHD is responsible for administering and regulating
onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems within the county.
Specifically, the Final Order and
DEP permit require the program (managed septic systems) to be
enforced until all affected residences are placed on a sanitary
To comply with the FDEP permit and
county ordinance, residences must obtain an operating permit every
five (5) years, costing $115, from the Charlotte County Health
Department and provide proof of a pump-out as well as verification
of tank integrity from the pump-out company. CCHD will monitor the
managed septic tanks in order to ensure that all systems are working
properly. The monitoring includes evaluation of properties,
resolving customer pump truck/contractor conflicts, monthly testing
of waterways, and maintaining the septic tracking data base.
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Revised List of Septic Installers
for Charlotte County
Who must participate
managed septic systems program? And how?
non Aerobic Treatment Units (ATU) in the Manchester Waterway
must obtain an operating permit from the Charlotte County Health
must provide proof of pump-out and tank integrity.
Maintain your Drainfield Video
Keeping Your Septic
System Health Tips:
||Having the system inspected
and pumped frequently. (every 3-5 years).
||Body Waste and toilet papers
are the only items that should be flushed.
||Donít drive or park on any
components of your septic system.
||Keep roof drains and other
rainwater from impacting your drain field.
||Plant only grass over and
near the septic system. Roots can damage the system.
||Do not introduce paint,
poisons, or excessive cleaning compounds since they kill the
bacteria that keep your system working.
||Repair leaks as excessive
water can cause your system to fail.
septic system maintenance or repairs, if you meet income eligibility
requirements, you might be able to get financial help from the
Housing Corporation of Charlotte County. Under a homeowner
rehabilitation program funded through the State Housing Initiative
Partnership (SHIP), an interest-free loan -- payable upon sale of
the home -- can be used for septic repairs as well as the permit
fee. Call 941-255-9454.
not paid until the work is done, and inspected by the Health
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