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Managing Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems

Jim Newton, P.E., DEE

Over 50% of all U.S. homes are not on sewers. The primary treatment systems for these homes are on-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS). OWTSs are commonly referred to as septic tank systems. OWTSs consist of three components: the septic tank, the distribution box, and the drain field. Each component plays an important part in achieving adequate wastewater treatment. This course provides details on how to determine how to manage an OWTS. The course is based upon the US EPA’s document, “Handbook for Managing Onsite and Cluster (Decentralized) Wastewater Treatment Systems”, EPA Document No. EPA/832-B-05-001, December 2005.

This course requires the completion of a multiple-choice quiz at its conclusion in order to obtain the necessary certification for the individuals who are seeking to renew their license to design and install OWTSs.

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