Soil-based wastewater treatment for small communities
On this page
- Communications and working with committees
- Community assessment
- Frequently asked questions
- Financial options
Communities working on wastewater issues benefit from a committee that communicates progress to the community and listens carefully to the responses of residents. This page has resources to help develop and implement a successful communications plan.
Find useful tools and resources to help your community understand why wastewater needs to by treated and how to make the process work for your community. Tools included can help communities collect and interpret required data, understand what regulations apply and keep good records.
The links on this page can help your community get started discussing and meeting its wastewater treatment needs or provide advice if your community has hit a bump in the process.
Financing wastewater treatment systems is a challenge. Topics include low interest government loans, grants for low income communities, and self-financing options to pay construction costs. Contacts for agencies that are available to help communities with financing are provided.
Wastewater treatment systems, be it a community system or your own septic system, requires proper operation and management. Information here will help communities explore and develop management plans for their wastewater collection and treatment systems.
Community wastewater systems need an organizational entity to carry out acquisition of property or easements, budget and levy oversight, system repair and replacement, financing, and development and enforcement policies or ordinances.
Topics include collection and treatment options including individual septic systems, cluster systems and municipal systems. Resources to assist communities exploring these options are provided.
Resources on this page can help your community identify guidelines for hiring consultants, screening proposals, interviewing consultant candidates and how to involve the community in this process.