A majority of US homes and business outside urban centers rely on onsite wastewater treatment systems.
Some of these systems serve clusters of homes through a shared 'community' system which requires additional management. The delivery of proper system management is a key issue to ensure cost-effective and long-term wastewater treatment for both new development, existing homes and communities.
The University of Minnesota's Onsite Sewage Treatment Program and its national partners, including us, received a Federal grant to develop a customizable 'fill in the blanks' System Owner's Guide online Tool.
The Tool will help community members and leaders understand how their systems work, what management tasks need to occur on a regular basis, and how they can protect their infrastructure from premature failure.
The tool allows anyone to produce an expert-driven and locally-customized manual (electronic or hard-copy) for any cluster or individual septic system in America.
Using this tool, an engineer, septic professional, community facilitator, or community member can write a guide to effective management by entering basic information on the users, system, rate structures and any regional, state, or local differences in regulations that affect the management of community systems.
This tool enables property owners and communities across the US to properly manage their septic systems; therefore protecting our ground and surface waters.
Probably the most frequent reason a residential onsite wastewater system starts to have problems is because of excessive water use. Not only can this flood your system but it can suffocate the oxygen loving bacteria that do the bulk of treatment work in your dispersal field. How long can YOU hold your breath!!?
Don't Drown Your Drainfield!
On September 26, 2014, WasteWater Education hosted a Google Hangouts On Air Seminar series looking at the inequality of access for basic sanitation between the haves and have nots both here in north america and in developing countries.
The full schedule can be accessed from our YouTube site.
Session One looked at the history of sanitation in the US and how that has shaped the technology of infrastructure ever since.
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Historical References were graciously provided by Mike McGuire
This online, web based seminar was taught by Daniel R. Thorell, M.S., R.S. Environmental Sanitarian Grand Traverse County Health Department Environmental Health Division. Two documents were referenced in the presentation and can be viewed here: GTCHD Alternative System Manual and Pressure Mound System Policy Manual
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JFNew is now Cardno Wastewaterscaping: How to landscape and plant a mound system using native Michigan flora.This was Part Two of the seminar and can be accessed at the 1:02:35 minute mark.
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