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CONTRIBUTION OF ON-SITE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL SYSTEMS ON COASTAL POLLUTANT LOADING

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When onsite treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS) are not properly sited, they can be a potential risk to public health and a source of environmental degradation. In Florida, OSTDS location has proven to be problematic from a water resource protection perspective. The objective of this study is to quantify the pollutant loading contributions from OSTDS on coastal canals, with regard to nutrient and pathogen indicators. Two similar single-family residential locations were identified. One was connected to the sanitary sewer (Hollywood, FL) and the other was served by septic tanks (Dania Beach, FL). Field studies were conducted during the height of the wet and dry seasons. During the wet season, surface water quality of the adjacent coastal canal was impacted by an OSTDS contribution. However, during the dry season, the OSTDS appeared to work properly and no obvious impacts attributable to the septic tanks were detected.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-01-01

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