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Sustainable wastewater management: A handbook for smaller communities

Publication date:  June 2003
Publication reference number:  ME 477

Considering and evaluating options for wastewater management is a challenging exercise involving the whole community.

Those communities considering an alternative system to their existing one need guidance on the way to organise a scheme and the work required to deliver an appropriate solution. Such a solution needs to be acceptable to the authorities that protect our public health and environment and yet is affordable to the community. Sometimes the technology is conventional, and sometimes it needs to be less so to ensure its affordability. Sometimes all that is required is a little basic knowledge on the finance sources available for a community scheme.

“Sustainable Wastewater Management: A Handbook for Smaller Communities” (previously the Sewage Treatment Handbook) has been written to be applicable to any scheme. We would expect the book to be of more use to smaller communities, but any group should find the information useful.