Connect to Protect is Martin County’s environmental initiative to connect residential properties currently on septic systems to the County’s wastewater collection and treatment system, thus improving the health of nearby waterways. The stakes are high for our health, home, environment and economy.
Septic tanks allow nutrients and pathogens to contaminate waterways which can result in harmful algal blooms and can even seep into on-site water wells. Septic to sewer conversion will reduce contaminants such as nitrogen, phosphorous and fecal coliform, and help protect the health of the St. Lucie River, Indian River Lagoon and Estuary and offshore reefs.
The truth is most septic systems will fail eventually. Septic tanks with concrete or metal parts can degrade over time, allowing drain fields to become clogged with organic material. Pipes blocked by roots, soils saturated by high water tables, crushed distribution pipes, improper location or poor design or installation can all lead to major problems. The most common reason for early failure is inadequate maintenance by homeowners.
Martin County’s Connect to Protect program streamlines the connection process while giving residents the opportunity to reduce pollution and help protect our waterways. Residents benefit in other ways too, like not having to deal with septic system-related issues and maintenance costs, as well as having more flexibility in how their property is used.