LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - This month, Leon County is beginning construction on several multi-million dollar projects to improve water quality for citizens.
Officials say the first of five septic-to-sewer projects will be happening in areas located in the Primary Springs Protection Zone.
That zone includes homes in the Woodside Heights, Annawood, Belair, and Northeast Lake Munson neighborhoods.
Matching nearly $9 million in grant funds from the State of Florida with another $9 million in local funds, Leon County will convert septic tanks to central sewer, removing nutrients from the groundwater and protecting precious natural resources.
Starting now, funds will pay for the design and construction of the central sewer lines, in addition to the costs of the home connections and septic tank removals for up to 200 homes in the Woodside Heights neighborhood, located at the intersection of Woodville Highway and Capital Circle SE.
In addition to the construction in the Woodside Heights neighborhood, later this year Leon County will expand septic-to-sewer projects to other neighborhoods in the Primary Springs Protection Zone.
The three septic-to-sewer projects in the Annawood, Belair, and Northeast Lake Munson neighborhoods would eliminate up to 380 additional septic tanks and improve water quality, bringing the total to nearly 600 potential septic tank eliminations in the zone.
“Working collaboratively with the State, the County is aggressively retrofitting neighborhoods on septic to the benefit of our precious natural resources and leveraging dollars to make central sewer affordable for citizens to connect,” said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long.
To find more information on the Primary Springs Protection Zone projects and to check if your address is eligible for a grant-funded septic-to-sewer project, visit: www.LeonCountyFL.gov/PrimarySprings .