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Camden focuses on septic systems
WOODBINE -- The Camden County Commission has agreed to apply for a grant aimed at improving septic systems in the Horsepen Creek watershed.

The creek in the Browntown area, about six miles west of Kingsland, flows into the St. Marys River.

The grant will help pay for an outreach and education program to raise awareness of the importance of proper septic system maintenance to protect residents' health.

The program will provide financial assistance for a voluntary inspection and maintenance program, the goal of which will be to reduce the number of failing septic systems in the area.

Septic systems along the St. Marys River in the Browntown area are believed to be the source of bacteria from human waste in the waterway, according to the University of Georgia River Basin Center.

It's estimated nearly half the individual septic systems, some of which are not recorded, are more than 20 years old. The average lifespan of a septic system is 25 years.

Among the options for property owners are grants, revolving loans and other sources of funding to help pay for work that needs to be done to resolve the problem.

Promoting the development of a local septic handling facility will also help lower costs, according to officials at the river basin center.

Septic waste in Camden County is transported to a facility in Glynn County, adding to the cost for Camden residents.

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at, on Facebook or at 464-7655.

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