The Martin County Septic to Sewer (S2S) Conversion Program is a long-term initiative that launched in the spring of 2015 and is being completed in phases, beginning with properties in areas where engineers have determined the need is greatest.
In most areas, a vacuum pump station, designed to blend in with the neighborhood architecture, will be installed, and connecting pipes will be laid to link each house in the neighborhood to the county’s wastewater system.
In other smaller neighborhoods, individual grinder stations will be installed at each home to efficiently pump effluent into the county's wastewater system for treatment. Martin County and its contractors are committed to making every effort to minimize disruption and inconvenience to neighborhoods during the construction phase of the project.
Construction work will take place with sensitivity to hours of operation and the need for emergency vehicles, school buses, postal deliveries, and other services to access the neighborhood.
Making the Connection
Upon completion of construction of the projects, each affected property will be notified of the systems’ availability and the requirement to connect within one year. A Martin County Building Department plumbing permit is required for each property making connection to the system. A Martin County Health Department permit is required for proper abandonment of the existing septic tank.
Once a home or business is connected to the county’s sewer system there will be:
- No need to spend time or money having the septic tank inspected and pumped out
- No worry that the toilet won’t flush following rain events
- No need to spend time or money having the septic tank and drain field maintained
- The satisfaction of knowing you are now part of the solution to reduce pollution and help protect our waterways
Funding the Program
With thousands of properties in Martin County in need of septic to sewer conversion, this is an expensive and long-term project. Martin County is exploring every option available to reduce the fiscal impact on residents.
Homeowners will pay for each project through a non-ad valorem assessment that will appear on their annual tax bill at a low interest rate, plus associated fees for administrative costs, over 20 years. A public hearing will be advertised, and individual notices sent to provide an opportunity for citizen input on the specific septic to sewer conversion project. Following the public hearings establishing the special assessment, a notice will also be sent to each property to explain the options for paying the non-ad valorem assessment.
For questions about Martin County's Septic to Sewer Conversion Program, submit an inquiry online, or call Martin County Utilities at (772) 221-1434.