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Suzanne Young

St. Petersburg city council members say it's time for property owners to do their part in fixing the city's sewage woes.

After a public hearing on Thursday, Council members approved a measure by a 7 to 1 vote that encourages homeowners to fix leaky pipes on their property.

St. Petersburg has been plagued by sewage spills since 2015, and now, part of the solution has some residents nervous that they might have to spend thousands to fix sewer pipes on their property.

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a podium at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples.
Mike Kiniry / WGCU

Governor Ron DeSantis made a stop at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples on Wednesday to announce that he wants more funding for Everglades restoration in next year’s budget, and to guarantee that funding level for the following two years.

He also said he wants to increase penalties for municipalities that pollute Florida waters.

The Southwest Water Reclamation facility in st. petersburg
Julio Ochoa/WUSF

St. Petersburg again is facing problems over its ability to treat sewage during big storms.

Three Florida cities have spilled almost 1 million gallons (3.8 million liters) of wastewater in recent days.