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Septic Tank Elimination Program
STEP Toward Cleaner Streams and Healthier Neighborhoods
More than 26,000 homes in Marion County are served by private septic
systems. Septic systems have a limited life and eventually fail,
leaching human waste into groundwater, backyards, neighborhood ditches
and streams. Septic systems are linked to high E. coli bacteria counts
in many small neighborhood streams and ditches during dry weather, when
children are most likely to play in them.
address these health hazards in our neighborhoods, the City is actively
working to convert many neighborhoods on septic systems to the City's
sanitary sewer system. Since 2006, more than 3,000 high-priority homes
have been converted to city sewers, under the Septic Tank Elimination Program (STEP).
2009 through 2013, the city of Indianapolis is committed to bringing
sewers to more homes on septic systems per year than any time in the
City's history. As a part of STEP, the City will bring sewers to
approximately 7,000 homes, which will address more than 25 percent of
the 26,000 homes still on septic systems in Indianapolis.
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