The Catch-22 to wastewater treatment in rural areas
March 5, 2008
A story about wastewater disposal in a small town in Minnesota
is a case study in the constrained choices facing many small communities: It's difficult to effectively monitor and enforce proper treatment in septic systems, but the cost to install centralized treatment can turn out to be prohibitive. But if septic treatment isn't properly performed (including, for instance, disinfection by chlorination
), then community waterways can become contaminated, eroding the quality of life that residents expect.
last revised March 2008