Across the U.S., there is a need for more businesses that successfully manage decentralized systems. Decentralized systems are increasing in prevalence as an option that delivers sound economic, social and environmental outcomes, if effectively managed.
The resources below provide guidance for successfully establishing and running organizations that manage decentralized wastewater systems — Responsible Management Entities, or “RMEs.” (See Fact Sheet 1 for further explanation of RMEs).
Decentralized wastewater systems include the collection, treatment, and dispersal or reuse of wastewater from individual homes (such as septic systems), clusters of homes, isolated communities, industries, or institutional facilities at or near the point of waste generation. (CIDWT Decentralized Wastewater Glossary 2007)
The fact sheets can be used by existing RMEs seeking to improve their operations, prospective RMEs considering setting up, and other individuals and organizations looking to enter the decentralized wastewater field.