City working on new legislation to replace more septic tanks

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – For years the News4Jax I-TEAM has been pointing out the city’s broken promise to repair and replace old and broken septic tanks.

Now, I-TEAM has learned that Jacksonville City Council and Mayor’s Office will enact additional laws that target at least $ 100 million and could reach up to $ 250 million to continue to fix the problem.

The city and JEA began operations in the Biltmore neighborhood of northwest Jacksonville. They are installing sewers where houses currently using septic tanks can be hooked up by the end of the year. Homeowner Vern Thomas is not convinced by the idea.

“You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” said Thomas.

He adds that his septic tank is working and believes this will only result in one more monthly bill from JEA.

According to the city, 65,000 septic tanks need replacing – not just on the Northside, but across Jacksonville.

Because of this, City Council President Tommy Hazouri is now working with fellow city council members and the Mayor on new legislation that will affect more neighborhoods.


Your next destination is homes in the Riverview neighborhood on Lem Turner Road near the Ribault River. Just repairing the 1,800 septic tanks that need to be replaced will cost about $ 100 million.

Hazouri said he had promised to make septic tanks a priority.

“If everyone knows me, the first thing I said was that our top priority is addressing the septic tank problem. And we are. We’re not just going to kick the can on the street, ”said Hazouri. “If I leave this advice, I want to know that we have money in the bank to really keep our word and fulfill our promise to remove or improve septic tanks.”

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On Wednesday, the city council and mayor’s office will provide more information on the costs and the five-year plan. They will also show how this will work along with a proposed increase in gas tax. This gas tax money cannot be used for septic tanks but could unlock other city money that is used for the program.

Mayor Lenny Curry’s chief of staff Jordan Elsbury weighed the proposal for a septic tank.

“We know this is a multi-generational problem worth billions,” said Elsbury.

He adds that the JEA is commissioning a study to see if there is a more cost-effective way to address this problem.

“Right now these people have been waiting for septic tanks for decades and we finally found a solution,” said Elsbury.

It’s a solution that could cost the city hundreds of millions over the years.


A special meeting with the city council is scheduled for Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. to deal with the issue of gas tax and separate legislation for septic tanks.

In February the city released this list of Jacksonville neighborhoods in need of septic tank dismantling:

  1. Biltmore C in Northwest Jacksonville (under construction) 351 septic tanks

  2. Beverly Hills in northwest Jacksonville: 755 septic tanks

  3. Christobel in Northwest Jacksonville: 509 septic tanks

  4. Riverview in Northwest Jacksonville: 1,812 septic tanks

  5. St. Nicholas on Southside: 623 septic tanks

  6. Emerson on Emerson Street on the Southside: 751 septic tanks

  7. Champion Forest on the Westside: 610 septic tanks

  8. Eggleston Heights in Arlington: 3,416 septic tanks

  9. Julington Creek in Mandarin: 2,000 septic tanks

  10. Oak Lawn on Southside: 230 septic tanks

  11. Atlantic highlands in Intracoastal West: 102

  12. Kinard in northwest Jacksonville: 81 septic tanks

  13. Westfield in Ortega: 135 septic tanks

  14. Sans Pareil on the Southside: 211 septic tanks

  15. Empire Point on Southside: 342 septic tanks

  16. Cedar River on the Westside: 386 septic tanks

  17. Spring Glen on Southside: 485 septic tanks

  18. Lakeshore on the Westside: 1,344 septic tanks

  19. Freeman Road / Inwood Terrace on the Southside: 95 septic tanks

  20. Oakhaven on Southside: 790 septic tanks

  21. Mill Creek in Arlington: 435 septic tanks

  22. Lone Star Park in Arlington: 321 septic tanks

  23. Julington Hills in Mandarin: 617 septic tanks

  24. Holly Oaks in Arlington: 282 septic tanks

  25. Northlake on Northside: 121 septic tanks

  26. Hood Landing II in Mandarin: 509 septic tanks

  27. Point La Vista on the south side: 830 septic tanks

  28. Beauclerc Gardens in Mandarin: 530 septic tanks

  29. Southside Estates on Southside: 2,305 septic tanks

  30. Clifton in Arlington: 524 septic tanks

  31. Ortega: 167 septic tanks

  32. Odessa in northwest Jacksonville: 36 septic tanks

  33. The cape on the north side: 40 septic tanks

  34. Mt. Pleasant in East Arlington: 439 septic tanks

  35. Pablo Point in Intracoastal West: 238 septic tanks

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