Wastewater Alternatives

Description: Achieving higher density development in areas without public water or sewer service presents special circumstances and unique challenges. However, there are also a number of technological and regulatory opportunities to address these challenges. They include shared systems (multiple homes on one septic system), innovative and alternative septic systems, and small sewage treatment plants. Careful site planning using techniques such as Open Space Residential Design (OSRD) and Low-Impact Development (LID) can identify and set aside optimal locations for wastewater facilities and drinking water sources, thereby allowing the remaining land to be developed at a higher density.

This component of the Massachusetts Smart Growth / Smart Energy Toolkit offers an overview of alternatives to conventional on-site septic systems, a comparison of costs and the relationship between smart growth and wastewater treatment.

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Source: Massachusetts Smart Growth / Smart Energy Toolkit
Format: Website

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