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Environmental dilemma may cost Orange County homeowners

ORLANDO – Homeowners in Orange County may have to make some pricey changes to their properties after a statewide study shows septic systems could be causing long term pollution problems in the Wekiwa Springs area.

In 2016, Florida Legislators voted to identify which Florida Springs needed to be part of a restoration program.

Following a series of algae blooms in the Indian River Lagoon, and South Florida in 2016, Florida Legislators decided to take a closer look at Florida waterways. They identified 30 waterways which need additional protection and created the Basin Management Action Plans.

Among the waterways, the Action Plan will affect the Wekiwa and Rock Springs water basin in upper West Orange County .

Starting July 1, the Basin Management Action Plan goes into effect, which means around 21,000 homeowners will have to follow stricter guidelines concerning their septic systems in the near future.