Septic Tanks Becoming Obsolete?
But, not everybody likes the change. Some homeowners in Marion County and High Springs are worried about the cost.
That isn't the case in Fanning Springs. Residents there are hoping new neighbors will help them foot the bill.
City leaders are on the hunt for the right grant that could make a sewer system affordable for Fanning Springs residents.
Homes are popping up all over Fanning Springs. 300 are being built within the next five years and possibly another 300 are on the horizon. It will nearly double what's there now.
City leaders hope the extra homes will make a sewer system affordable for all.
Chester Hudson does maintenance at The Bear's Den and knows firsthand the headaches of a septic system.
"I feel like Fanning needs it real bad," says Hudson. "A lot of water goes through the system and if it ain't got enough time to drain, it's just going to back up. If we had a set city sewage system, you wouldn't have that problem, it would just run right on out."
Mayor Cheryl Nekola says a sewer system would help protect the town's namesake and the Suwannee River. Plus she says the city misses out on new business.
"We've found in the past particularly with Chiefland being so close and growing the way it has," says Nekola. "They have a central sewer system, we don't. So when they're out scouting for properties, commercial entities, they're looking for an area when they have those services so they don't have to put in the expense of septic systems and then maintain them."
Even businesses that earn their livelihood from cleaning out septic tanks say it's about time.
"Initially it would probably put a downfall on the septic business because we wouldn't be doing the system on these small lots here," says Jody Stephenson of Stephenson's Septic Tank Services. "But as a whole, growth stimulates growth, so it would create subdivisions beyond the reach of the sewer system."
Even with all the new homes, a sewer system is no guarantee. It has an estimated cost of 14-20 million dollars for a city with an annual budget of a 500-600 thousand.
Nekola says if they can get grant money to cover 80% of the price tag, it should make the cost reasonable for the city and residents. She adds that even if they were to start now, it would be at least a five year process.
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