Nitrogen pollution from cesspools and septic systems has been identified as the largest single cause of degraded water quality contributing to beach closures, restrictions on shellfishing, toxic algae blooms, and massive fish kills. A conventional onsite septic system was never designed to remove nitrogen. The average residential septic system discharges approximately 40 pounds of nitrogen per year. For homeowners close to surface waters in Suffolk County nitrogen can rapidly reach surface waters where it contributes to degradation of our marshes, bays, and beaches. Even inland, nitrogen from septic systems will eventually reach the groundwater and surface waters.
The Suffolk County has created a program to help homeowners replace their old septic tanks that leak nitrogen into Long Island's groundwater. By subsidizing these new nitrogen-removing septic systems, less nitrogen will make it to our groundwater, and thus, our local bays! By offering subsidies up to $11,000 homeowners can replace their old leaking septic systems with state of the art systems that remove up to 70% more nitrogen.
"At Suffolk County headquarters in Hauppauge, environmentalists, labor leaders, civic groups, and elected officials gushed over what they called a transformative event" -Grymes, Andrea. "Suffolk County Program Offers To Replace Septic Tanks That Leak Nitrogen March 29, 2017 5:49 PM." CBS New York. N.p., 29 Mar. 2017. Web
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