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Loss of state funding endangers septic-to-sewer switch for homes near Wekiwa Springs

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has reneged on a promise to give $2.2 million to help home-owners switch from septic tanks to sewers in the fragile Wekiwa Springs area of Orange County, a project intended to improve the health of the waters.

Orange County Commissioner Christine Moore said the loss of state money could kill the project.

“We understand the situation. We know the issue is COVID,” Moore said, referring to the coronavirus pandemic, which has hurt the state’s economy and depressed tax revenues. “But Wekiwa Springs is our most important watershed. We need it in good health.”

Moore said she hopes to persuade Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to find money for the Wekiwa project, noting he made a splash at Weeki Wachee Springs last month, announcing $50 million in the 2020 Florida budget for springs-related protections.