Mega water bill clears its first stop

A comprehensive bill, dubbed the “mega-water bill” by one senator, received approval from the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation Tuesday despite a variety concerns raised by groups.

The bill, SB 550, sponsored by Sen. Lee Constantine, R-Altamonte Springs and committee chairman, would establish septic tank utilities statewide, create a state financing mechanism for local water projects, prohibit the spreading of biosolids in areas that drain towards springs and authorize new statewide stormwater treatment regulations.

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