Alternative Wastewater Treatment Project
An issue of major concern to most of our district’s communities is water and wastewater treatment systems. All of our communities are small and have difficulty finding the funds to build, upgrade or sometimes even maintain these systems, but are often required to do so in order to meet environmental regulations. Consultants familiar with our District’s communities are often limited in their experience of different types of systems, and the regulator's experience, particularly at the county level, seems tied to the consultants’ limitations. More and more small communities in the District are being advised, sometimes pressured, into building or expanding expensive full-blown sewage treatment facilities when other, more affordable alternatives exist.
The National Environmental Training Center for Small Communities (NETCSC) has developed a program for the Columbia-Pacific RC&EDD District to address the need for education related to wastewater management and drinking water issues. The education plan includes elements designed to achieve two broad objectives:
- Increase the awareness of various options for development and management of wastewater and water services. This training program will increase this awareness and assist appropriate water and wastewater professionals in planning and implementing processes for managing wastewater and water problems.
- Contact and select appropriate water and wastewater professionals to assist them in planning and implementing processes for managing wastewater and water problems.