A hydro-action septic system is installed at a home in Nesconset in August 2015. The homeowners were winners in the initial lottery to have the equipment installed for free. Photo credit: James Carbone

Most homes in Suffolk County rely on septic tanks or cesspools to handle wastewater, methods which have resulted in severe nitrogen pollution in Long Island’s bays, rivers, and sound.

Now the county has launched an ambitious plan to clean the region’s waters by getting homeowners to abandon these archaic methods in favor of advanced and more costly treatment technology, but the effort is hitting both technical and political hurdles.

Source: Newsday