By Ron Brackett 3 days ago weather.com
At a Glance
- The state has 2.6 million septic tank systems, and more than 100,000 in Miami-Dade County alone.
- Higher sea levels mean the tanks won’t work properly.
- Connecting the septic tanks to Miami-Dade’s sewer lines would cost more than $3 billion.
The effects of rising sea levels, such as nuisance flooding, are pretty obvious above ground.
But lying just below the surface is a threat that could impact millions of people, especially those living along the country’s coasts.
Higher sea levels threaten the systems that carry wastewater away from more than one in five households in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.