High levels of nitrogen and nitrates found in Florida’s waterways have been linked to leaking septic tanks in rural parts of the state. This is a violation of the Clean Water Act, and federal agencies have taken notice. The EPA has mandated that Florida residents must monitor and repair leaking septic tanks once every five years, but the Florida government successfully requested a delay in having to follow through with the legislation. Some government officials argue that the cost of monitoring and fixing the septic tanks will be too great for homeowners to pay, but what is the cost of clean water for the rest of the state? Read the article on page 1B of today’s Times, as well as the editorial opinion on page 12A, and let us know your thoughts here on our blog.