Along the Indian River Lagoon adjacent to Vero Beach, Florida, both residents and government officials were becoming increasingly concerned about excessive nutrient loads and pollution. About 1,500 homes in Vero Beach had septic systems, many of which were antiquated and failing. Experts believed that the failing onsite systems were a major contributor to the environmental degradation of the lagoon, loss of sea grass habitat, and the unexplained deaths of manatees and dolphins.
The City of Vero Beach installed an Orenco® Effluent Sewer consisting of directionally drilled, small-diameter mainlines and individual Orenco STEP (Septic Tank Effluent Pump) packages. Primary-treated effluent from each residential or multi-family property is ultimately conveyed to the city’s existing centralized wastewater treatment plant.