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 EPA memo touts benefits of decentralized wastewater treatment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Decentralized Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Partnership has developed a series of four papers that highlight how decentralized wastewater treatment systems can be sustainable and appropriate options for communities and homeowners.

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Click here to access White Papers on EPA Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems.  

The papers are intended to provide information to the public and to state, local and industry officials on the benefits and types of decentralized wastewater treatment systems. Decentralized wastewater treatment consists of a variety of onsite approaches for collection, treatment, dispersal and reuse of wastewater.

The MOU Partnership is an agreement involving EPA and 16 partner organizations to work collaboratively at the national level to improve decentralized performance and the nation’s public health and water resources. Since 2005, the MOU has reflected EPA and its partner organizations’ commitment to encourage proper management of decentralized systems and increase collaboration among EPA, state and local governments, and decentralized system practitioners and providers.

In 2011, the MOU Partnership convened working groups to develop papers around each of four topic areas that demonstrate how decentralized wastewater treatment can be: 1) a sensible solution; 2) cost-effective and economical; 3) green and sustainable; and 4) protective of the environment, public health and water quality.​