ATU Systems In Haines City, FL

In July 2023, the State of Florida enacted a bill that requires owners of Haines City properties less than an acre in size to install specialized ATU systems when adding a new septic system.

ATU system installation in Haines City, FLThe blue-shaded area on the map on this page shows the cities and towns in which House Bill 1379 applies.

Why the Change?

The State of Florida has determined that water bodies in certain areas of Florida, including Haines City, have very low-quality water. This is primarily due to excessive amounts of nitrogen in the water.

HB 1379 aims to clean up these water bodies through new “enhanced nutrient-reducing/nitrogen-reducing onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems.” They’re also called “aerobic treatment units,” which we’re going to shorten to “ATU” here.

About the ATU/Nitrogen-Reducing System

An ATU system works by infusing the liquid effluent in the storage tank with oxygen, which energizes existing bacteria to break down and digest waste more efficiently. Studies show that these systems reduce nitrogen in the effluent by as much as 75%.

Other than the increased nitrogen-reducing capability, ATU systems run about the same way as your traditional Haines City septic system: effluent leaves the home, goes into the tank and then on to the drain field. Drain fields will not have to be modified as part of this changeover.

Who Is Required to Install an ATU System?

According to the State of Florida: “New system permits are required when a septic system is installed where it has never been before and in certain situations when a complete septic system is replaced.” Only properties of one acre or less are affected by the bill.

Under the mandate, all septic installations for new construction in and around Haines City will require an ATU nitrogen-reducing system. We can help you determine if the regulation applies if we replace your existing septic system.

The ATU Systems We Install

Our septic team is certified to install two of the most popular and efficient ATU systems. Here’s an overview of each.

ATU system installation available in Haines City, FL

Delta ECOPOD Advanced Wastewater Treatment Unit

  • Options available to treat between 500 and 1,500 gallons per day.
  • Oxygen infiltration significantly reduces BOD, TSS, fecal coliforms, and nutrients in wastewater.
  • Simple installation, no moving parts in the tank.
  • Meets all Florida state mandates for septic system replacements.
  • Made by Infiltrator.

CE5 ATU systems being installed in Plant City, FL


  • Provides a pollutant-removal ratio of approximately 95%.
  • Treats up to 700 gallons per day.
  • Operates very quietly at 39 decibels.
  • Meets all Florida state mandates for septic system replacements.
  • Made by FujiClean USA.

Changes in Your Haines City ATU System Maintenance Schedule

We always recommend that our customers schedule regular cleaning and maintenance visits to keep their septic systems safe and efficient. Under the new bill, properties with ATU systems will be required to schedule two maintenance visits a year from a qualified septic provider.

Lakeland Septic is qualified to handle all routine maintenance vests for ATU systems for Haines City property owners. We provide complete cleaning and repair for these systems, and we also install them.

Ready to Serve Our Haines City Customers

If you own property in Haines City, FL, and will require a new ATU system during new construction or when replacing an existing standard septic system, Lakeland Septic is here to help.

All our ATU system installation work meets the specifications laid out in HB 1379, and everything we do complies with all state and Haines City septic codes.

Learn more about an ATU upgrade by calling us at (863) 738-0504. You can also reach out with our handy contact form.