First individual sewer installed in front yard of Apopka homeowner
On Friday, March 19, Susan Fritche was in her front yard with city of Apopka officials, including Mayor Bryan Nelson, officials from the St. Johns River Water Management District, and several others when the distributed sewer system was shown publicly for the first time.
A distributed sewer system is a miniature wastewater treatment unit that is installed underground at a residence and provides sewer service to individual homes. About the size of a septic tank, officials say that the unit doesn’t operate like a septic tank, but that the wastewater is treated inside the unit by creating optimal conditions for naturally occurring bacteria to break down and digest organic materials.
Once the unit is installed in a homeowner’s yard, a small computer and network interface is mounted to the side of a house much like an electric meter and the computer allows the utility – the city of Apopka in this case – to monitor and operate the wastewater treatment unit from a remote location.
Officials have said that tests in 2017 showed that the new technology reduces the amount of total nutrients back into the ground by about 70 percent when compared with septic tanks, and that those differences were measured almost immediately after the distributed sewer system was installed.