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Across the U.S., there is a need for more businesses that successfully manage decentralized systems. Decentralized systems are increasing in prevalence as an option that delivers sound economic, social and environmental outcomes, if effectively managed.

Decentralized wastewater systems include the collection, treatment, and dispersal or reuse of wastewater from individual homes (such as septic  systems), clusters of homes, isolated communities, industries, or institutional facilities at or near the point of waste generation. (CIDWT Decentralized Wastewater Glossary 2007)

The fact sheets by WERT can be used by existing RMEs seeking to improve their operations, prospective RMEs considering setting up, and other individuals and organizations looking to enter the decentralized wastewater field. The fact sheets serve different audiences by enabling navigation from three angles:


Guidance for Establishing Successful Responsible Management Entities (RMEs) (#DEC5R06)

These resources provide guidance for successfully establishing and running organizations that manage decentralized wastewater systems - Responsible Management Entities, or RMEs. These 11 fact sheets are useful for existing RMEs seeking to improve their operations, prospective RMEs considering setting up, and individuals and organizations looking to enter the decentralized wastewater field. This series of fact sheets is available at www.werf.org/rme.

Modeling Onsite Wastewater Systems at that Watershed Scale: A User's Guide (#04-DEC-6)


This report gives planners and regulators guidance in developing and using models to evaluate watershed-scale water quality scenarios associated with decentralized or onsite wastewater systems. It includes resources for each step of the planning process, and explains modeling philosophy, model selection, model sensitivity analysis and calibration, and other concepts. The guide provides case studies and links to reference materials. The information will be useful to anyone who wants to understand how models are used for watershed assessments and decision making. The guidance manual is available online.

The Water Environment Research Foundation, formed in 1989, is America's leading independent scientific research organization dedicated to wastewater and stormwater issues. Over the past 20 years we have produced 300 research reports, valued at over $62 million.


Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 6/20/2009
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