The fact that management is as important to the success of your wastewater venture as choosing the technical systems themselves has already been stressed. Indeed, a key question your community should ask itself is: what is the capacity of individual households or the community to manage a wastewater system in the long term? The answer to this question will be a significant factor in deciding whether you want a system that can be managed by an external agency – such as a local council – or whether you will stay with local responsibility. Section 11 discusses this management issue.
By this stage, if you have made your way through the manual, you may feel rather overwhelmed with all the information you have been presented with. Section 12 tries to help by providing a framework for decision-making, in which various criteria can be applied to assess the various options you now face.