Saving Biscayne Bay: New Miami-Dade mayor outlines ‘very costly’ plan to get rid of septic tanks


As part of her commitment to protecting Biscayne Bay, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has a new plan to convert some of the septic tanks in Miami-Dade County, but she warns that it is “very costly.”

Levine Cava sent the 111-page Plan of Action Report to Miami-Dade County commissioners on Thursday reporting a wholesale septic tank conversion is estimated to cost more than $4 billion. There are about 120,000 septic tanks in Miami-Dade.

A homeowner’s expense ranges from about $7,500 to $40,000. Levine Cava wants to implement several programs to aid in the transition including a septic tank registration program and financing opportunities to help homeowners cover the cost with the support of taxpayers.

Levine Cava also recommended prioritizing the connection to the sanitary sewer system where there are septic tanks that are most vulnerable to failure, including those in flood-prone areas.

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