When too much fertilizer and pesticide is applied to landscapes, it seeps past the root zone of the grass, plants or trees and into the aquifer or other bodies of water. Plants, animals and people depend on clean water for survival.
Household toxic wastes, such as paints, solvents, automobile fluids, cleaning chemicals, pesticides and expired pharmaceuticals, if improperly disposed of, can seep through the soil and into our drinking water and springs. Properly labeled household toxic wastes may be disposed of properly by contacting the Columbia County Solid Waste Facility at 386-752-6050
While septic tanks do a good job of neutralizing harmful bacteria and viruses from human waste, septic tanks are not designed to remove high concentrations of organic nutrients that are harmful to springs. Release of nutrients from your septic system may be minimized with the following actions.
Water escapes the aquifer in only two ways. It is either drawn out by human consumption or it flows naturally from springs. The Ichetucknee Springs Recharge Basin is, in a sense, a giant bathtub. To keep Ichetucknee flowing at historical levels, Columbia County residents should take reasonable steps to reduce groundwater use.