Suffolk lawmakers back high-tech septic systems for most new homes

The Suffolk County Legislature on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill requiring high-tech septic systems in most new homes and commercial properties in an effort to improve water quality.

The legislation, which will go into effect in July, aims to reduce nitrogen pollution that officials say has led to harmful algal blooms in local water bodies.

“Today’s unanimous vote by the Legislature is the result of historic collaboration, a victory for improved water quality, and a significant step forward in our ongoing efforts to ensure that future generations will enjoy the bays, harbors and beaches that make Suffolk County special,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in a statement.

The measure, which stalled in the Legislature last month because of Republicans’ concerns about its cost for homeowners, won passage Tuesday after it was amended to apply to fewer home renovations.

The systems cost about $20,000 to install — about double the

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