Toms Creek Sewerage Options Working Group consensus report

US EPA findings on decentralized wastewater systems

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
Response to Congress on Use of Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems

In April 1997, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a report on decentralized wastewater systems. Highlights from the reports findings follow:

Decentralized wastewater systems merit serious consideration in any evaluation of wastewater management options for small and mid-sized communities and new development” (p. 4)

“Adequately managed decentralized wastewater systems are a cost-effective and long-term option for meeting public health and water quality goals, particularly in less densely populated areas” (p. i)
“Benefits of decentralized wastewater systems:
 Protects public health and the environment
 Lower capital and maintenance costs for low density communities
 Adaptable to varying site conditions
 Additional benefits” (p. 5)