Due to the human waste leakage from failing septic systems in Wells County, existing septic infrastructure must be updated. Homes that have failed septic systems pose a health threat to homeowners and are grounds for condemning by the Indiana Department of Health. A sanitary sewer system installed in parts of Wells County would require residents to pay a sewer bill, but would save them from paying over $13,000 each to replace their septic systems while eliminating the health and environmental risk of leaked sewage.
The Health Department recently discovered that only 4 of the 87 properties in Murray and only 5 of the 122 properties in Liberty Center project have septic permits on file. As a result of aging and improperly maintained septic systems, dangerous levels of e. Coli and leaked sewage have been detected in Liberty Center and Murray.
Replacing individual septic systems is the only other option. However, this solution would be short-lived and expensive to homeowners for the following reasons:
- Minimum lot size must be met
- Appropriate soil types required
- Installation cost per homeowner $13,000 – $20,000+ and maintenance costs
- Sewer systems can withstand heavy loads and storm surges that overwhelm individual home systems
- Increased property value and reduced maintenance costs
- Removes challenges in obtaining building permits
- Greatly reduces risk of the spread of diseases and pathogens into nearby drinking water wells
- Does not rely on soil filtration for wastewater treatment