COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Water coming from aging septic tanks outside more than two dozen homes could contaminate the surrounding canals. City leaders fear if they don't make a change, it will only hurt the environment. But that change could be quite costly for homeowners on Bembury Drive, 13th Avenue North, 14th Avenue North, and 15th Street.
"At some time septic systems are going to have to be replaced, I'm sure those septic tanks are many decades old and they're going to fail at some time. When they fail they're not doing their job as far as perculating the sewage into the ground and it may go directly into the water body," said City of Naples Utilities Director, Bob Middleton.
The entire project to hook up to Naples water and sewer lines costs more than a million dollars. Each resident would pay close to two thousand dollars a year.
"Financially, I don't know if I can afford it," said Lani Overton.
Lani Overton, who has lived on 13th Avenue North since the 80's, said she and other neighbors don't support the plan.
"We feel like its unneccesary because this is a small area and we do things in very small ways and we're happy, we're very happy."
While just a few houses down, another homewoner said it would be beneficial to more than just water.
"I believe that in the long run it would probably increase the property value and make it more valuable place for people to live," said Taylor Canada.
If it's approved, homeowners could pay it all up front, over 20 years, or at the time they sell their home. The issue will be discussed again at the December City Council meeting. And officials tell WINK News they plan to hold a public hearing in February.