Blog: Decentralized wastewater system right for your community?
Tom Smith, director of marketing for Anua:
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) is a low-interest or no-interest source of funding for the installation, repair or upgrade of decentralized wastewater systems in small-town, rural and suburban areas.
This is an excellent way for communities that are "on the grid" of a large municipal wastewater treatment system that's in need of expansion or repair to provide a more environmentally-friendly and conscientious solution to wastewater treatment and begin a proactive water reuse program.
Decentralized wastewater treatment systems, also known as septic or onsite systems, include onsite and/or cluster wastewater systems used to collect, treat and dispense relatively small volumes of wastewater.
Anua's wastewater treatment solutions can handle the needs of a single household to a community of 5,000 people.
Individual onsite wastewater treatment systems rely on natural processes to collect, treat and disperse or reclaim wastewater from a single dwelling or building. Larger systems collect wastewater from more dwellings and buildings and convey it to a treatment and dispersal system located on a suitable site near the dwellings or buildings.
This means less energy is used to transport wastewater and treated wastewater to and from the dwellings and buildings and treatment site than a large municipal system would require.
There are an estimated 26 million households that use decentralized wastewater treatment systems. These systems treat approximately four billion gallons of wastewater daily.
The quality of the effluent from modern, well-maintained decentralized wastewater treatment systems can be superior to that of large centralized facilities that may be old or overburdened due to population growth or lack of funding for infrastructure maintenance and upgrades.
Topics: Water Quality