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Onsite Sewage Disposal (Septic Systems)

Environmental Health

  •  239-690-2100



    Mailing Address

    2295 Victoria Avenue, #206 

    Fort Myers, FL 33901 


    TTY users can contact us through Florida Relay by dialing 7-1-1 or one of the other Relay Toll Free Numbers. 

State of Florida  - Onsite Sewage Programs This section develops statewide rules and provides training and standardization for Health Department employees.

EPA - United States Environmental Protection Agency  This site offers valuable information and resources to manage onsite wastewater systems in a manner that is protective of public health and the environment and allows communities to grow and prosper.

NOWRA  - The National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association The largest organization within the U.S. dedicated solely to educating and representing members within the onsite and decentralized industry.

Pipeline Newsletter -  The National Small Flows ClearinghouseEach quarterly issue of Pipeline focuses on a single wastewater topic and presents it in an easy-to-read format.

NESC - National Environmental Services CenterThey have an extensive holding of free and low-cost educational publications.

CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Health Services Program Onsite Wastewater

FOWA - Florida Onsite Wastewater AssociationThe Florida Onsite Wastewater Association is an organized group of those engaged in the manufacturing, installation, repair or maintenance of onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems. 

In Florida, 31% of the population is served by estimated 2.3 million onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS).There are over 100,000 septic systems in Lee County alone. All of the systems in the state discharge over 426 million gallons of treated effluent per day into the subsurface soil environment. The Department of Health, Bureau of Onsite Sewage Programs and the Environmental Health section of the Health Department in Lee County through 381.0065, Florida Statutes (FS) and Chapter 64E-6, Florida Administrative Code, regulates the construction and use of onsite wastewater treatment and disposal (septic) systems in Lee County.


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