Evers Files Bill To Repeal Septic Tank Inspection Law

August 31, 2011

State Sen. Greg Evers is making another attempt to have Florida’s tank inspection law repealed.


Ever’s announced Tuesday that he has filed SB 114 to eliminate a law passed in 2010 that requires the Florida Department of Health to create and administer a statewide septic tank evaluation program that would see every tank inspected every five years. Evers said repealing the law would reduce the unnecessary and expensive burden placed on residents, particularly in rural areas of the state, who would be held responsible for financing the inspections and repairs.

“We unfortunately lacked the support in the Senate to pass a full repeal of the Septic Tank Law during the 2011 Legislative Session,” Evers said. “It is clear however, that there can be no compromise until we have repealed SB 550 entirely.”

“I am optimistic that my colleagues in the Senate will see the importance of this effort. As one of my top priorities this coming Session, I will focus all of my resources and efforts on accomplishing a full repeal,” Evers said. “Economic times are as hard as they come right now and there is no scientific need for inspections to occur every 5 years that will only put additional hardship on our residents who are struggling enough as it is.”

Senate Bill 114 also seeks to eliminate provisions currently authorizing the Department of Health to collect evaluation report fees.


23 Responses to “Evers Files Bill To Repeal Septic Tank Inspection Law”

  1. S.L.B on September 5th, 2011 12:01 pm

    PLEASE….contact your Florida Congressman Jeff Miller with your complaints. Contact link below. Thanks


  2. 429SCJ on September 1st, 2011 1:15 pm

    Maybe 100 years from now middle schoolers will be learning about the Septic Tank Rebellion. Were counting on you Greg Evers, you can count on my support.

  3. Polythenepam on September 1st, 2011 8:17 am

    DHG I love it, “Nobody gets THAT intimate with their septic tanks.”
    You made me laugh out loud.

    D.Moore the same goes for you, “When they stop big agriculture from spraying whatever they want on fields and
    put diapers on cattle, then they can look in my septic tank.”

    You guys are hilarious,seriously though, we definitely don’t need to pay for septic tank inspections. When the septic system does need repairs it costs way too much, how about putting a top end on what can be charged for that? Also anyone nose when the repair is needed.

    David interesting comment about the pinhole leaks, we could have them do a pressure test, and while we’re at it how about they don’t dig my yard up , how about they use a boroscope through the clean out opening? LMBO

  4. Jane on September 1st, 2011 7:10 am

    Support Mr. Evers! Email/call or write the other legislators and tell them we want this repealed! Email Mr. Evers and thank him for his efforts! If you don’t take part in your government it will do as it pleases and we’ve all seen the result of that in Washington!

  5. Elmo on August 31st, 2011 9:53 pm

    I fully agree with Mr. Evers on the septic tank issue. Between permits and tank service you are talking over $500 every 5 years, that`s $100 per year from now on. I worked at a dairy for years and never saw a cow use a restroom. Farmers spred manure in the fields to help on fertilizer cost. Lets get real septic tanks are not our problem with our drinking water 100 ft down in the ground. Septic tank runoff is a totally diffrent issue! Lets stand behind Greg Evers as he fights for our gun rights as well as the septic issue. There is not many polititions like him!

  6. S.L.B on August 31st, 2011 2:58 pm

    Years ago…don’t know if it’s still done today or not, my husband personally witnessed the ECUA trucks spraying the flying field off of Hwy. 98 with human feces as fertilizer to make a “better” run way for the small airplanes to take off and land on. So please remind me why this process is okay, but an occasional leaking septic tank is not?

    Did you know that untreated human and animal waste is the primary nutrient for growing the tilapia in China? So what Americans are eating doesn’t come from my septic tank, but rather China’s septic tank.


    Nothing is wasted in China: human waste is collected from family outhouses and used as fertilizer. Outhouses in rural China are often placed near the pig sties so waste can be collected from both sources and used for fertilizer. China has a long history of using human excrement—“night soil”—as fertilizer. The morning distribution of night soil is common sight throughout China.

    Human waster is still widely used. It is often stored in fields in decorated cauldrons. Human waste is not a big environmental or health concern. More troubling is the factory run-off and medical waste that find its way into the sewer system that produces sludge-based fertilizers laced with heavy metals and toxic chemicals.

  7. Jane on August 31st, 2011 2:24 pm

    Good for Mr. Evers!!! When they start inspecting all these old sewer lines for leaks, and stop all the spills from waste plants, they can look at septic tanks.When they stop people from dumping plastic everywhere (anyone watch “The Secret Life of Garbage”??), recycling becomes something everyone is doing, not just some of us… But the middle of a recession, when seniors haven’t had a raise in over 2 years, and many people are out of jobs is NOT the time to start charging people $500+ to inspect a septic tank, then thousands if they have to replace it!!

  8. S.L.B on August 31st, 2011 2:19 pm

    Kathy, I did not see a feisty little comment by you on a previous story by William on Northescambia.com concerning ECUA pipe failure that released about 1.4 million gallons of untreated sewage into the wetlands. (story link below) Where was your wisdom and concern then?


    I’m no expert, but I’m willing to bet that residents with septic tanks in the entire State of Florida, doesn’t release even a tiny % of that amount from their septic tanks. I know mine doesn’t leak! Why??? because we are responsible land owners who take care of our septic tank investment and don’t need big brother charging us lots of money to tell us we are doing a good job!

    In my personal opinion, this is more about local and state government finding ways of retrieving more money from the already overwhelmed tax payers and less about their overwhelming concern for our environment. If everyone were so concerned, they would be making more of an effort to go after the BIG polluter’s first, then once that was is check, then do investigations into the small poluter’s.

    Don’t punish me for someone else’s wrong doings!

  9. Mike on August 31st, 2011 1:18 pm

    Kathy has no idea what she is talking about.

    The PRIMARY source of spilled sewage IS from the public systems (ECUA and the like). Haven’t you been reading the paper lately? Millions of gallons of raw sewage spilled in waterways and it happens every day in community’s across the country.

    Kathy’s understanding of Septic tanks is nearly non-existent. The risk is not to ground water at all. The water released from the tanks remains near the surface and is drawn up into plants and trees as a water source and natural fertilizer. The only risk is to surface water (lakes, streams, swamps). There should and are regulations to prevent someone from putting one to close to one already.

    Kathy should be more worried about company’s in the area doing well injection of their waste. YES several in the area have wells that they pump commercial waste water into wells. Millions of gallons. Lets not focus on what is not really dangerous and keep our eyes on those doing real damage.

  10. 429SCJ on August 31st, 2011 12:10 pm

    Hello Kathy, 50 year ago, that was a wonderful time, 1961, I remember the sonic booms, the trips Grand Pa, Big Daddy and me took in Daddys old 49 GMC pickup. We went to Sardine and loaded sand for my sand box. I would get in Grand Daddys old 52 Chevrolet and hit the starter button in the floorboard and make it jump. It was before LBJ and Vietnam. We were PROUD Americans, I would be quite happy there. Its been down hill all the way, to where we find ourselves now. I hope we live long enough to see the Nation come out of the ditch and back up on the blacktop. END.

  11. D. Moore on August 31st, 2011 11:39 am

    When they stop big agriculture from spraying whatever they want on fields and
    put diapers on cattle, then they can look in my septic tank.

  12. Kathy on August 31st, 2011 11:13 am

    It is still crap from someone septic system in your drinking and bathing water. You live some 50 years back if you think it isn’t. Its going somewhere!!

  13. Sandra on August 31st, 2011 11:01 am

    Kathy posts the most ignorant comment that I’ve read on here in weeks and then proceeds to tell the rest of us to read up on it. William, please dont ever get rid of the comments section…it always makes my day.

  14. David Huie Green on August 31st, 2011 10:00 am

    “HIV/AIDS and many other disease flow freely under and sometimes above ground ”

    AIDS is not a waterborne disease. The HIV virus is so fragile that it is only passed by the most intimate forms of contact. Nobody gets THAT intimate with their septic tanks.

    Other bacteria such as cholera could be cited as being dangerous from leaking septic tanks followed by drinking untreated well water, but not that virus.

    Along those lines, I wonder how the inspection was supposed to find pinhole leaks or small cracks which were weeping sewage into the ground water. I really doubt the septic tank inspection would catch them if they were.

    David contemplating the falling skies

  15. Southener on August 31st, 2011 9:31 am

    Kill the bill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. bob hudson on August 31st, 2011 9:15 am

    How many of you are getting tired of government trying to (protect) us? I am, they can stop now.

  17. huh? on August 31st, 2011 8:41 am

    429SCJ, I think I stepped in a puddle of AIDS this morning..

    Sorry, it was too easy. LoL

  18. Bob hudson on August 31st, 2011 8:22 am

    Kill the bill, and thanks Greg for trying again, this is nothing more than a money scam, and a over reach of the government to create a nanny state. Yes lets collect it all in one spot , then spill millions of gallons of it. Dumb law that needs to go away.

  19. 429SCJ on August 31st, 2011 8:09 am

    Kathy with your extensive knowledge of biological patogens and organic chemistry, you should be at the CDC. I think you missed your calling.

  20. tallyho on August 31st, 2011 7:46 am

    Some people cannot see the impact this has on the people whom live in the state. The elderly are the one it hurts the most. Some people live in town all their lives and do not understand anything about a septic tank sysystem. I have a new home which is now seven years old with only my wife and me living here. But the state wants to tell me when i need to spend $500.00 to eight hundred dollars to have it inspected. Lets go ahead and let the state and the federal gov. tell everyone what brand of water. cokes, fast food are what kind of car you have to drive because we know better then you do. We intern will take all this money and give it away to lazy. I listen to a young man the other day who was in his late thirtys say that he was already retired because he was on welfare, not employed and of course had a EBT card, that the tax payer is paying for. This is a good life here in the United States. GOOD JOB MR. EVERS!!!

  21. Kathy on August 31st, 2011 7:18 am

    You congratulate someone who takes you back 50 years!! Do you not understand where the run off and literally the crap goes from your septic system? In your drinking water. HIV/AIDs and many other disease flow freely under and sometimes above ground and you say great going. You guys need to catch up with your reading and think a little bit. A fee is a small price to pay to protect you from some of the things you might be drinking!!

  22. Buddy on August 31st, 2011 4:38 am

    Thank God for Senator Evers. Its about time we had someone in office that cares about the needs and wishes of the ordinary working citizen.Keep up the good work senator,we appreciate you.

  23. 429SCJ on August 31st, 2011 4:25 am

    Greg Evers, to the United States Seneat!

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