Martin County ramping efforts on septic tank conversions

Posted at 8:27 PM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-17 20:35:54-04

Water quality remains a hot topic on the Treasure Coast.

Martin County leaders are taking steps to prevent future algae blooms. Their plan is converting aging septic tanks to sewer systems.

Researchers say fecal bacteria from aging septic tanks like fuel for algae.

On Salerno Rd. in Port Salerno, crews are wrapping up construction on converting aging septic tanks in the area.

Since the 1990's, county leaders have been working on these kinds of projects.

Now, the number of conversions are growing.

"Certainly in the last few years as we saw the algae becoming a real issue in our waterways," says Martin County Government Spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro.

She says the county has invested more than a million dollars in conversions.

In Governor Rick Scott's proposed budget, he is asking for $40 million be put towards these projects.

"We're very thankful for Governor Scott for prioritizing these projects in the budget," says Ferraro.

County leaders plan on eliminating an additional 2,500 septic tanks over the next five years.