CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Experts spent most of the day trying to convince Charlotte County homeowners why they should switch to a sewer system.
The plan is to get two thousand homes off septic systems. It's a cost that will be paid with your money. The end result, officials say, is to improve water quality in Charlotte Harbor.
Spring Lake residents filled every bit of time they could to plead their case that their septic tanks are not polluting this water.
"We're seeding it with scallops and oysters the sea grasses are at the highest level they have been since 1996... so even on the fecal charts of the scientists there's almost no fecal matter in that area," says Scott Andrichak.
Representatives from the Department of Health, the US Public Health Service and the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program gave their two cents about the debate. All of them agree that a centralized sewer system would be beneficial overtime.
"Utility expansion projects throughout our study area most notably in Cape Coral and the City of Sanibel, the estuary waters around both these areas have improved," says Lisa Beever with the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program.
This septic to sewer switch impacts about 2000 homes in the Spring Lake community. Right now, County Utilities officials say each household will need to pay at most 10,000 dollars over the course of 20 years.
Keith Waltz was one of the few residents who spoke in favor of the switch. He lives in the impacted area and says he's been pushing to be on sewer for years now because his septic system needs replacing.
"If you have to pay $10-$15,000 out-of-pocket, the bid I was quoted was 15,000 to remove my septic tank, that's out-of-pocket, I'd rather pay for 20 years," he says.
There will be a public hearing on the topic on July 24th.