Dommerich Hills Improvements
The City of Maitland will begin construction this summer to improve public wastewater treatment in sections of the Dommerich Hills neighborhood.
The project will connect nearly 400 homes to the city’s central sewer system, providing a more efficient, reliable and environmentally safe solution to privately maintained septic tanks. Work also will resurface several streets and relocate a sewer utility lift station.
Extension of Maitland’s sewer service is part of a regional program in coordination with the South Seminole and North Orange County Wastewater Transmission Authority, neighboring governments and state environmental agencies to reduce harmful impacts of old and failing residential septic tanks – many that were initially installed decades ago.
Septic tanks and accompanying drain fields provide basic treatment of household wastewater. They become increasingly ineffective over time, allowing excessive nutrients and bacteria to seep through the ground under residential yards and neighborhoods.
Septic tanks should be inspected and pumped out every three years. But many residents neglect maintenance for much longer, waiting until septic systems fail and costly repairs are needed.
Central sewer provides a better solution with reduced risk for homeowners. The City of Maitland is responsible for consistent and reliable wastewater service to all connected homes in the neighborhood. The city assumes all necessary maintenance of the transmission system.
Upon completion of each phase of the sewer system extension, each affected property owner will be notified of the public service availability and the requirement to connect within one year. The City of Maitland will provide information through newsletters, public meetings and this website. Installation of pipelines and subsequent road resurfacing will be planned to minimize impacts to residents.