Wastewater & Sewage Pollution

THE PROBLEM

Wastewater pollution from sewage treatment plants and the sewer system occurs both legally as domestic point source pollution, and illegally as sanitary sewage overflows. Domestic point source pollution, such as wastewater, contributes 15% of the bay’s nitrogen loading. Nitrogen, the bay’s single largest pollutant, contributes to harmful algal blooms and impedes seagrass growth by stimulating algal growth and inhibiting light needed by seagrasses which has significant effects on the bay’s ecosystem.

WHAT IS TBWK DOING ABOUT IT?

ADVOCACY

TAKE ACTION - WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Never flush ‘flushable’ wipes, they can cause pipes to clog, break, and spill sewage. 

  • Never pour oil, fat, or grease down the drain. Let them cool in a disposable container and throw it in the trash. Or recycle the oil throughout  Hillsborough or Pinellas County.

  • Properly maintain your sewage lateral lines or septic system.  Have your septic system inspected at least every three years and pumped every three to five. 

  • Consider converting from septic to sewer or retrofitting your septic systems with nitrogen treatment technologies.

  • Do scrap excess foods directly into your trashcan before putting your dishes in the dishwasher.

  • Do use your garbage disposal sparingly.