Biltmore C Septic Tank Phaseout Project
The goal of this construction project is to make the community even better by improving our service and reliability to your neighborhood. Start and Completion dates are subject to change and do not include final restoration of the project area. Thank you in advance for your patience!
The City of Jacksonville, working in partnership with JEA, have initiated a program to eliminate existing septic tank systems while also providing water lines in the Biltmore neighborhood. The intent of this program is to improve the quality of life in the Biltmore area and to reduce the amount of harmful nutrients that often find their way into the St. Johns River and other local waterways.
This program, jointly funded by the City of Jacksonville and JEA, involves the full installation of water and sewer pipes, proper abandonment of existing septic system(s), connection to the new water and sewer systems and payment of all associated permits and fees at no cost to the property owner.
Estimated Project Dates and Work Schedule
- Anticipated Start Date: December 2, 2019
- Estimated Completion Date: Summer 2022*
Normal working hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.*
*NOTE: In some circumstances, evening and weekend hours may be required. Our contractor crews will not work on JEA holidays.
Overall Project Area Map
Construction Update and Project Phases
Crews began working in December 2019 with a “soft start” that involved taking pre-construction videos of the project area (including private property), survey and mobilizing equipment. Major construction activities began on January 2, 2020 to avoid work during the holiday months. The construction will be completed in phases. See the map below for more details.
Property Owner Participation & Requirements
Eligible property owners must complete a Temporary Construction Easement (TCE) allowing JEA and our contractor to perform work on private property to abandon the septic tank(s) and connect the home or business to the new JEA water and sewer lines.View Example Documents Participating Property Owners Will Complete (PDF)
For the project to move forward, the City of Jacksonville required the consent of at least 70% of the legal property owners identified within the project limits. The 70% threshold was met for the Biltmore community on July 27, 2017 and reached 81% as of 8/2/19!
Unimproved properties (properties without a structure) or without a septic tank will have a water and sewer service installed in the right-of-way for future connection at the property owner’s expense.
JEA will manage the construction of the project and operate and maintain the water and sewer systems once they are installed. The JEA account holder will be responsible for the monthly water and sewer bill.
Once the 70% participation threshold is reached, any property owners that do not sign up for the program will be responsible for any future connection costs should the septic system fail. Failure to connect will result in a $21.15 monthly charge for sewer system availability.
Please contact JEA’s Project Outreach team at (904) 665-7500 if you are interested in signing up for this program and have not already signed a TCE.
Public Town Meetings
The City of Jacksonville and JEA hosted a pre-construction kick-off meeting to discuss plans for this project. This meeting provided the neighborhood with the opportunity to learn more about the project and what can be expected during construction. There was a brief presentation followed by a question/answer and public comment period.
The meeting was be held at the James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School Cafetorium located at 3276 Norman E. Thagard Boulevard on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Invitations were mailed via U.S.P.S. to property owners and tenants. Additionally, emails were sent to JEA account holders with a valid email address.
Previous Town Meetings
Property owners were invited to attend two prior town meetings on January 26, 2017 and February 16, 2017, both at James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School located at 3276 Norman E Thagard Boulevard. View the information presented at those meetings below:
Future Project Updates and Media Coverage
This page will be updated with more information as the project progresses. We look forward to working with the Biltmore community on this exciting and transformative project!
Storm Preparation Tip
Make sure your JEA account information is up to date so we can reach you with power restoration updates.
Septic Tank Phase Out
The City of Jacksonville (COJ) in partnership with JEA are working on a Septic Tank Phase Out program initiative!