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The US EPA has developed a program and guide for communities to help them manage on-site wastewater disposal. It is entitled “Voluntary National Guidelines for Management of On-Site Clustered (Decentralized) Wastewater Treatment Systems” and was published in March 2003. (See endnote 16.) These guidelines are still being used.

The program covers the many areas which must be managed effectively in order to decrease the risk of disease and contamination of the environment from disposal of household wastewater into the ground and that which flows on the surface of the ground and into bodies of water. These areas include site evaluation, construction, operation, and maintenance, training and certification of personnel, appropriate record keeping, public education, and financial assistance. The purpose of the program is to increase the performance level on the on-site and clustered wastewater treatment systems by using improved management concepts and techniques.

The US EPA Design Manual On-Site Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems provides information on how to select a site, and design, install, and replace on-site wastewater treatment systems. (See endnote 17.)

The US EPA Guide to Field Storage of Biosolids and Other Organic By-products Used in Agriculture and for Soil Resource Management manual discusses problems of water quality, pathogens, and recommended management practices and community relations. (See endnote 48.)

The US EPA website entitled “Contact Us about Biosolids-Frequently Asked Questions” discusses biosolids, how they are produced and used, how they are applied to the land, environmental concerns, regulations, how to manage their disposal, and an Environmental Management System. (See endnote 49.)

 
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