Riverview - Septic Tank Phase Out Project

Project Objective

The City of Jacksonville, working in partnership with JEA, is initiating a program designed to eliminate failing septic systems. The intent of this program is to improve the quality of life in the Jacksonville community and 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 installation of new sewer and water infrastructure where none currently exist in the City's opened and maintained rights-of-way. It will also include proper abandonment of existing septic tanks, and the installation of individual sewer and water lines on private property and connection to the new JEA sewer and water systems. Utilities installed under this program will include payment of all associated permits and fees associated with sewer and water connection at no cost to the property owner.

Eligible property owners are required to complete a Temporary Construction Easement (TCE) form allowing JEA and its contractors to perform the work on private property to abandon the septic tank(s) and connect the home or business to the new sewer (and water, where applicable) system.

JEA will manage the outreach, engineering and construction of the project and operate and maintain the sewer and water systems once they are installed. The JEA account holder at the time of connection will be responsible for the monthly water and sewer bill.

Note: Only one water/sewer connection per parcel is included in this project (parcels are identified with a unique Real Estate number assigned by the Duval County Property Appraiser). Unimproved properties (properties with their own individual Real Estate number and without a structure at time of project construction) or without a septic tank will have a water and sewer service (stub out) installed in the right-of-way for future connection at the property owner’s expense. 

Let's work together to phase out failing septic tanks, Jacksonville!  

70% Owner Approval Required

For the project to move forward, the City of Jacksonville requires the consent of at least 70% of the legal property owners identified within the project limits. 

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.  

Unimproved properties (properties with their own individual Real Estate number and without a structure) or without a septic tank at the time of project design will have a sewer service (and water, if applicable) 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 sewer bill (in addition to their monthly JEA electric and water 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. 

Letters will be mailed to eligible property owners notifying them that their property is located within the eligible neighborhood along with postcard and email invitations to informational town meetings.

 

Property Owner Participation Progress

Current Owner Approval Percentage - 24% 

24%

70%

 

Project Area Map & Phases

Due to the large size of this project, the public outreach has been separated into two separate phases (Riverview East and West). Property owners located in these phases will receive an invitation by email and postcard to a town meeting dedicated to each individual outreach phase and are eligible to sign up for the program at any time by contacting JEA.

Should this project move forward, engineering and design will dictate future phasing of this project for construction.

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*Note: The project boundary depicted below is subject to change. 

 Riverview Proposed Septic Tank Phase Out Project Map

Riverview East Public Meeting - February 15, 2024

City Council Members Reggie Gaffney, Jr., Ju’Coby Pittman, the City of Jacksonville and JEA hosted an informational public "kick-off" meeting to discuss the Riverview East Septic Tank Phase Out Project.  

NOTE: Only property owners in the Riverview East phase of the proposed project were invited to this meeting. Property owners in the Riverview West phase will be invited to future town meetings (dates TBD) to discuss the West phase of this proposed project.  

The purpose of this meeting was to provide the opportunity to learn more about the project and to answer any questions or concerns property owners may have. There was a brief presentation, followed by time for questions, answers and public comment.

  • FSCJ North Campus Auditorium
    4501 Capper Road
    Thursday, February 15, 2024
    6:30 p.m.

Public Meeting Parking Area Map

 Riverview Public Meeting Parking Area Map

Current Septic Tank Issues

Anyone currently having issues with their septic system is highly encouraged to make the necessary repairs, as physical connections to the JEA system as part of this program will not occur for several months after initial construction begins. 

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