Small Communities Environmental Infrastructure Group

Wastewater Treatment Alternatives for Rural Communities and Townships

Wastewater Treatment Alternatives for Rural Communities and Townships is a five-session workshop for local elected officials, local agency personnel and interested citizens representing communities of 500 homes or fewer.


The registration fee of $75 includes a notebook and all materials for the workshop.

For more information:

Dr. Karen Mancl
Water Quality Specialist
Professor Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering
The Ohio State University

To schedule a workshop in Ohio:

Contact local Ohio State University Extension Office

Workshop Schedule

Session I

Wastewater Treatment Alternatives
Communities have more than just two choices when it comes to sewage treatment: septic systems on individual property or treatment plants with sewers. Many other systems exist between these two extremes. In the first session you can learn about each system, how it works and where it might be used in your community.

Session II

Assessing Community Needs
It's hard to make a decision about sewage services if you're not sure what your community needs. I this session you will examine the communities natural resources and identify systems that can work in your community.

Session III

Field Trip
You wouldn't dream of buying a house without looking at it first, yet many small communities buy sewage facilities without first going to visit a similar facility. And no wonder - what would you look at once you got there and which questions would you ask? On the field trip you will have a chance to see some systems in action - see them, smell them and hear them. You can learn what to look for and which questions to ask. The field trip is at the OSU Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio.

Session IV

System Management
Once you install a sewage facilities it requires care. Maintenance free systems do not exist. You need to know the operation and maintenance requirements of different types of facilities before building. This can help you decide what you are prepared to live with.

Session V

Gathering Resources
Finding the resources to pull a project together requires planning and community involvement. You can learn strategies to locate tehnical experts, financing and involve the community in decision-making. (Back to top?)