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10 Things You Can Do to Prevent Stormwater Runoff Pollution
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wastewater Management

This handy bookmark offers ten simple ways homeowners can reduce the pollution that enters our waterways during storm events.

WWBMPE136DL/Bookmark: 2pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00
 
A Guide for the Septic System Owner
City of Scottsdale, Arizona, Water Quality/Water Resources

Septic tanks can provide years of safe and reliable treatment of your residential wastewater. But proper maintenance must be done to ensure this service continues. This booklet helps homeowners understand their responsibilities towards their septic system's operation.

WWBLPE131DL/Booklet: 19pp. (2005)

Price: $0.00


 
A Homeowner's Guide to Septic Systems
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

This guide was developed to help homeowners care for their septic systems. It explains how the system works and the steps homeowners can take to ensure the system works properly. It includes topics such as inspections, water conservation practices, and signs of system failure. Also discussed is how garbage disposals, hot tubs, water softeners, and household cleaners may affect system performance and longevity. The guide also includes a worksheet to help homeowners keep track of system maintenance.

WWBLPE95DL/Fact Sheet: 19 pp. (2002)

Price: $0.00
 
Adopt Your Watershed!
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

To encourage stewardship of the nation’s water resources and to celebrate 25 years of progress under the Clean Water Act, the EPA led an ‘Adopt Your Watershed’ campaign. This brochure highlights the watershed campaign, why it is needed, and how individuals and communities can make a difference. The brochure includes watershed resources available to almost all communities.

GNBRPE05DL/Brochure: 3pp. (2005)

Price: $0.00


 
Alternative Household Cleaning Solutions
National Environmental Services Center

This fact sheet provides less-toxic alternatives for several cleaning and home improvement jobs around the house.

GNFSPE109DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (2005)

Price: $0.00
 
Antibacterial Products in Septic Systems
The University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cooperative Extension

To attain proper treatment, a septic system is dependent on millions of naturally occurring bacteria throughout the system. The use of antibacterial products, such as bleach and hand soaps, can upset the bacterial balance if used in excess. In this fact sheet, types of bacteria and their function are discussed as well as tips on proper cleansers to improve septic system performance.

WWFSPE86DL/Fact Sheet: 2pp. (2010)

Price: $0.00


 
Assessing Your Septic System
The University of Tennessee, Agricultural Extension Service

This fact sheet provides information for septic system owners who want to care for their septic systems and protect groundwater supplies. The fact sheet includes a check list to help system owners learn more about how their system works and its maintenance needs. It also explains why it's important to take care of a septic system and the consequences of neglecting it.

WWFSPE127DL/Fact Sheet: 6 pp. (1996)

Price: $0.00
 
Benefits of Protecting Your Community From Sanitary Sewer Overflows
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

This pamphlet highlights the dangers associated with sanitary sewer overflows, what actions some communities have taken to prevent these overflows from occurring, and where you can go for more information.

WWBLPE104DL/Booklet: 8pp. (2000)

Price: $0.00


 
Care and Feeding of Your Septic System
National Environmental Services Center

Second in a series of three brochures, this describes how to prolong the life of your septic system. The brochure includes schematic diagrams of septic systems and discusses what should and should not be put into the system. Tank sizes are charted according to household size. The brochure discusses absorption fields and recommended pumping frequency.

WWBRPE18DL/Brochure: 2pp. (1995)

Price: $0.00
 
Care and Feeding of Your Septic System (Spanish Version)
National Environmental Services Center

Second in a series of three brochures, this describes how to prolong the life of your septic system. The brochure includes schematic diagrams of septic systems and discusses what should and should not be put into the system. Tank sizes are charted according to household size. The brochure discusses absorption fields and recommended pumping frequency.

WWBRPE57DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (2000)

Price: $0.00


 
Community-Based Watershed Management: Lessons from the National Estuary Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Coastal Management Branch

Estuaries are special areas where freshwater from rivers mixes with saltwater from the ocean. Some of the most biologically productive places on earth, they are also fragile. Pressure from human population resulting in habitat loss, nutrient loadings, toxic chemical and pathogens can sharply degrade this productivity.

This booklet hopes to encourages community-based water shed management by presenting lessons learned from the National Estuary Program. after nearly 20 years of experience. Suggestions on how to establish governance, how to identify problems and solutions, and how to develop and implement the management plan are throughly described.

WWBKPE123DL/Book: 124pp. (2005)

Price: $0.00
 
Do you know what's in the water? Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PCCPs)
National Environmental Services Center, Rural Community Assistance Partnership

Scientific evidence shows that a growing number of drugs and chemicals found in personal care products are ending up in our waterways. The potential for harm is not known. This fact sheet offers some facts that we do know about PPCPs. Three recommended ways to safely dispose of prescriptions drugs are included.

WWBRPE135DL/Brochure: 2pp. (2009)

Price: $0.00


Dollars Down the Drain: Caring for Your Septic Tank
Dollars Down the Drain: Caring for Your Septic Tank
Friends of the Crooked River, Akron, Ohio

This video highlights each component of a standard septic tank/soil absorption system and the routine maintenance required to ensure that the system functions properly. The video identifies family household procedures that can extend the life of the system, such as conserving water and restricting substances washed down the drain. Economic, health, and environmental benefits of proper septic system care are emphasized. The video also discusses problems that could arise when proper use and maintenance are neglected.

WWDVPE100DL/Video 22 Min.: 0 pp. (1997)

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Price: $0.00
 
Getting in Step : Engaging and Involving Stakeholders in Your Watershed
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

Effective stakeholder involvement provides a method for identifying public concerns and values, developing consensus among affected parties, and producing effective and efficient solutions through an open, inclusive process. This guide provides the tools needed to effectively engage stakeholders to restore and maintain healthy environmental conditions through community support and cooperative action. Tips for working effectively with stakeholders in protecting water quality are also included, as well as resource information, case studies, Web sites, and other how-to guides related to watershed protection.

WWBKPE106DL/Book: 80pp. (1999)

Price: $0.00


Getting in Step: A Guide for Conducting Watershed Outreach Campaigns
Getting in Step: A Guide for Conducting Watershed Outreach Campaigns
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

Watershed protection involves the awareness and participation of the entire watershed. This manual and video set guides local officials, public health managers, community residents, and other interested individuals and groups through six steps to conducting successful watershed outreach campaigns. It provides advice and tools to developing an affective campaign.

GNPKPE90DL/Package: 136 pp. (0)

*** For video downloading and viewing instructions, please use this link

Price: $0.00
 
Groundwater Protection and Your Septic System
National Environmental Services Center

Third in a series of three brochures, this focuses on groundwater and drinking water sources in relation to septic systems. Along with ways to prevent contaminants from reaching the groundwater, this brochure discusses groundwater protection based upon proper septic system sizing and location. Various schematic diagrams are provided.

WWBRPE21DL/Brochure: 2pp. (1995)

Price: $0.00


 
Groundwater Protection and Your Septic System (Spanish Version)
National Environmental Services Center

Third in a series of three brochures, this focuses on groundwater and drinking water sources in relation to septic systems. Along with ways to prevent contaminants from reaching the groundwater, this brochure discusses groundwater protection based upon proper septic system sizing and location. Various schematic diagrams are provided.

WWBRPE59DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (2000)

Price: $0.00
 
Help Us Protect Our Septic System and Keep our Groundwater Clean
Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension

This poster is an effort to help keep septic systems and groundwater clean. Items that are not to be put down toilets and drains are listed. A drawing of the typical layout of a septic system and well are also included on the poster.

WWPSPE94DL/Poster: 1 pp. (0)

Price: $0.00


 
Homeowner Onsite System Recordkeeping System
National Environmental Services Center

This fact sheet provides a place to record and store information about your septic system and its maintenance. On the cover are sections for permit and local health department information. Inside are tips for locating your system, a safety checklist, and a section for recording the names, addresses, and certification numbers of your systems designer, installer, and pumper.

WWBLPE37DL/Fact Sheet: 4 pp. (2011)

Price: $0.00
 
How a House Works: What Happens after the flush
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This fact sheet discusses the out-of-sight, out-of-mind attitude most of us have about happens after we flush the toilet. We know wastewater goes somewhere, but where does it go? This fact sheet answers that question and others, including how water conservation improves onsite system efficiency.

WWFSPE92DL/Fact Seet: 4 pp. (1997)

Price: $0.00


 
How Wastewater Treatment Works . . . The Basics
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

This brochure describes the two basic stages in wastewater treatment: primary and secondary. The primary treatment section details bar screens, a grit chamber, a sedimentation tank, and raw primary biosolids (sludge). The secondary treatment section describes the trickling filter, activated sludge process, aeration tank, and disinfection. It also discusses other treatment options, including biological treatment capable of removing nitrogen and phosphorus and physical-chemical separation techniques, such as carbon adsorption or reverse osmosis

WWBRPE53DL/Brochure: 6 pp. (1998)

Price: $0.00
 
Inspecting Your Household Septic System
The University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cooperative Extension

One in a series, this brief fact sheet emphasizes the need for the proper inspection and maintenance of an onsite septic system. It gives a rationale of the importance of maintaining the system, and delineates the steps included in a thorough system inspeciton. There is also space and instructions for the system owner to sketch the location of the system including the house, septic tank, soil treatment, and well.

WWFSPE80DL/Fact Sheet: 3pp. (2010)

Price: $0.00


 
Is Septic Waste Affecting Drinking Water From Shallow Domestic Wells Along the Platte River in Eastern Nebraska?
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey

In Nebraska, a large number of shallow wells are used to obtain drinking water for private households. In 2003, researchers conducted a study to determine if septic waste affected drinking water quality from domestic wells along the Platte River. This fact sheet reveals the results of this study.

WWFSPE130DL/Fact Sheet: 4 pp. (2004)

Price: $0.00
 
Is Your Proposed Wastewater Project Too Costly? Options for Small
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

This booklet provides general information to small community decision makers and residents about how to choose an appropriate wastewater treatment technology, what to do if sewers or treatment facilities are too expensive, and how to determine whether a wastewater project is too costly. Brief definitions and illustrations for various onsite and centralized treatment and collection technologies are provided.

WWBLPE01DL/Booklet: 8 pp. (1984)

Price: $0.00


 
Maintaining Your Septic Tank
The University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cooperative Extension

It is important that the septic tank be properly maintained to work correctly. However, the best-designed and operated septic tank system eventually fails unless sludge is periodically removed from the septic tank. This brief fact sheet gives the owner an overview of maintenance procedures to safeguard the system. Tank maintenance, measuring sludge and scum accumulation, septic tank additives, and other additions to the tank are discussed. Procedures for measuring the accumulation of sludge and scum layers in a septic tank are illustrated, and a frequency table notes the estimated number of people in the household.

WWFSPE81DL/Fact Sheet: 2pp. (2010)

Price: $0.00
 
Managing Your Household Septic System
The University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cooperative Extension

It is important for onsite septic system owners to understand how septic systems work, how to maintain them, and precautions to take to decrease the potential for the septic system to contaminate groundwater or surface water. This brief fact sheet gives the owner an overview of management procedures to safeguard the system, including controlling the volume of wastewater sent to the tank, controlling the quality of the wastewater, maintaining the septic tank, and maintaining the drainfield.

WWFSPE77DL/Fact Sheet: 2pp. (2010)

Price: $0.00


 
Mound Systems: Alternative On-site Wastewater Treatment
The University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cooperative Extension

Septic tank mound systems are an alternative that can overcome soil limitations that often preclude the use of conventional onsite household wastewater treatment systems. This brochure discusses onsite wastewater treatment in general, what the mound system is and how it was developed, where it can be used, and cost and time considerations. Routine care, maintenance, and possible problems that may occur are discussed, and a mound system is illustrated.

WWBRPE87DL/Brochure: 2pp. (1998)

Price: $0.00
 
Non Point Source Water Pollution
The Ohio State University, Extension

Nonpoint source pollution is a fancy word for polluted runoff. As water, whether rain or irrigation water, washes over the land it picks up an array of contaminants. This fact sheet gives homeowners tips on how they can reduce this contamination load.

WWFSPE138DL/Fact Sheet: 2pp. (2000)

Price: $0.00


 
Non Point Source Water Pollution
University of Illinois, Extension

This fact sheet gives a general overview of nonpoint source pollution and how it differs from point source pollution. It includes information on what final causes polluted runoff and how you can help solve the problem.

WWFSPE145DL/Fact Sheet: 1pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00
 
On-Site Wastewater Management Systems and their Environmental Impacts
University of Georgia, CSREES Southern Regional Water Quality Program

If designed, sited and operated properly, onsite wastewater systems are an effective way to manage household wastewater but failure of these systems can cause contamination of the surrounding area. This pamphlet describes the possible environmental impacts of failing drainfields.

WWFSPE124DL/Fact Sheet: 4 pp. (2004)

Price: $0.00


 
Onsite Wastewater Treatment for Small Communities and Rural Areas
National Environmental Services Center

This poster provides descriptions and illustrations of various onsite, conventional, and alternative wastewater treatment and disposal technologies available in the U.S. Formerly known as "Small Wastewater Systems: Alternative Systems for Small Communities and Rural Areas" this poster was revised to include several new technologies and to focus strictly on onsite technologies as opposed to both onsite and community-sized systems. The technologies shown are applicable to individual homes, schools, churches, restaurants, parks, and other small-flow situations. The poster includes a section on systems that can be installed in difficult site conditions. A large illustration shows typical uses of alternative wastewater systems in a rural community setting and how some onsite technologies can be clustered.

WWPSPE02DL/Poster: 2 pp. (2000)

Price: $0.00
 
Operation and Maintenance Tips for Your Septic System
The University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cooperative Extension

This brochure, shows the reader how to properly maintain a septic system. A properly maintained septic system can be a very efficient and economical wastewater treatment alternative to public sewer systems. This brochure also explains the steps to maintaining a proper septic system. This information is useful to onsite system owners and can be used as a part of a homeowner education packet.

WWBRPE85DL/Brochure: 2pp. (2010)

Price: $0.00


Planning Wastewater Treatment for Small Communities
Planning Wastewater Treatment for Small Communities
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This video highlights key factors in the wastewater facility planning process. It discusses the need for appropriate technology, the importance of public participation, and operation and maintenance aspects to consider when determining wastewater treatment needs for small communities.

WWDVPE97DL/Video 15 minutes: 0 pp. (1987)

*** For video downloading and viewing instructions, please use this link

Price: $0.00
 
Polluted Runoff: Lessons Learned from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System
U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, Estuarine Reserves Division

It is clear that the things we do on the land have direct and indirect effects on the streams, rivers, lakes and estuaries, and oceans. Management measures can be developed that reduce the adverse effects of our activities. Significant research has been conducted at the National Estuarine Research Reserves into the sources, character and impacts of polluted runoff. This booklet reports the latest findings on sources of runoff pollution and demonstrates how water quality impacts aquatic habitats.

GNBLPE122DL/Booklet: 28 pp. (2000)

Price: $0.00


 
Polluted Runoff: Lessons Learned from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

This brochure folds out to graphically illustrate sources of runoff, such as forestry, agriculture, urban stormwater, household and automotive care, and construction. The brochure lists community activities that may help reduce the impact of runoff and pollution entering nearby waterways. Regional EPA nonpoint source coordinators are listed for more information.

GNBRPE51DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (1994)

Price: $0.00
 
Pollution Prevention Fact Sheet: Septic System Controls
Storm Water Center

Septic system source control refers to the use of outreach programs to educate homeowners about the proper operation and maintenance of their septic systems to reduce the likelihood of failure. This fact sheet describes the effectiveness, cost and limitations of a homeowner education program.

WWFSPE129DL/Fact Sheet: 4 pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00


 
Preventing On-lot Sewage System Malfunctions
Penn State University, College of Agricultural Sciences Cooperative Extension

For most people living in rural areas, sewage collection, treatment, and disposal must be accomplished onsite. Properly designed and installed onsite sewage systems provide adequate treatment and disposal of liquid household wastes. Still, some onsite systems malfunction for the following four reasons: faulty installation, hydraulic overloading, biological overloading, or lack of maintenance. This fact sheet discusses these malfunctions and suggests potential remedies for each. The fact sheet also includes diagrams of a typical onsite sewage system and a cross-section of a typical two-chamber septic tank. Although intended for Pennsylvania residents, public health officials across the country can use the information in this fact sheet as part of a homeowner education program. State regulatory agencies, local officials, general public, state officials, public health officials, and contractors/developers may also find this information useful.

WWFSPE70DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (2008)

Price: $0.00
 
Preventing Pollution Through Efficient Water Use
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

This brochure describes efficient water use and its role in preventing pollution while protecting and conserving water resources. Tips for individuals and communities are provided.

WWBRPE26DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (1990)

Price: $0.00


 
Protecting Your Water and Septic System
University of Georgia, The Georgia HOME*A*SYST Program

Properly maintaining your home’s septic system is important both as a means to protect your investment and your community’s environmental health. This pamphlet describes how septic systems work and provides a risk assessment for the homeowner to complete, helping to keep the septic system functioning correctly.

WWFSPE143DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2001)

Price: $0.00
 
Quality Development and Stormwater Runoff: What you can do to reduce flooding, erosion and pollution
Watershed Committee of the Ozarks

This fact sheet discusses and illustrates methods to properly manage stormwater runoff by highlighting several residential, commercial, and industrial best management practices that can help reduce flooding, erosion, and pollution. Common runoff pollutants are identified as being heavy metals, pesticides, fertilizers, bacteria, and soil sediments.

GNFSPE07DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00


 
Recommended Upgrades for Your Septic Tank: Access Risers, Effluent Screens, & Two Compartment Tanks
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

Basic septic tank upgrades can simplify maintenance, improve system function, and protect your drainfield from costly repairs. This fact sheet explains how access risers and effluent screens are low-cost improvements and how a two-compartment tank can save you money.

WWFSPE110DL/Fact Sheet: 2pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00
Sand Filter Technology
Sand Filter Technology
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This video depicts advantages of sand filter technology compared to other means of onsite, cluster, and community-sized wastewater treatment applications. Three types of sand filters are explained: buried, open, and recirculating. The video discusses design, operation and maintenance, planning, and cost for using sand filters. It also shows two types of small-diameter effluent sewers: minimum grade and variable grade.

WWDVPE96DL/Video: 0 pp. (1986)

*** For video downloading and viewing instructions, please use this link

Price: $0.00


 
Sanitary Sewer Overflows: What are they, and how do we reduce them?
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wastewater Management

This booklet explains how sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) can be reduced or eliminated. It answers such questions as why SSOs are a problem, what health risks overflows present, and how they can be reduced. The booklet provides several examples of how towns across the U.S. resolved their SSO problems. A list of resources is included for more information.

WWBLPE31DL/Fact Sheet: 9pp. (1996)

Price: $0.00
 
Section 319 Nonpoint Source National Monitoring Program: Successes and Recommendations
North Carolina State Univeristy, Water Quality Grou[

The Section 319 Nonpoint Source National Monitoring Program (NMP) has been gathering information that can be of use to watershed professionals, the agricultural community, policy makers and staff, and citizens. This report discusses 19 states and 23 projects who share some of the successes and lessons learned from the NMP. Recommendations are made to help enhance future watershed projects and state nonpoint source water quality programs.

WWBLPE103DL/Booklet: 36 pp. (2000)

Price: $0.00


 
Selecting an Onsite Wastewater or Septic System
Kansas State University, Agricultrual Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service

This fact sheet explains how to select an onsite wastewater or septic system based on soils, the site, use, and other factors. System maintenance, regardless of the system installed is emphasized. It provides a selection of tips for owners and lists and diagrams of the different types of systems, including the traditional ones. Lagoons, alternative systems, sand filters, mounds, aeration, and constructed wetlands are also discussed with diagrams. Soil absorption system options, such as absorption beds, low-pressure pipe distribution, and drip irrigation are included. There is information about cluster systems, with a closing word about system performance and life.

WWFSPE68DL/Fact Sheet: 8pp. (2010)

Price: $0.00
 
Septic System Maintenance
The Ohio State University, Extension

Septic systems are simple to operate, and when properly designed, constructed, and maintained, they do an excellent job of removing pollutants from wastewater. Property owners can do a few important things to keep their system operating for 20 to 30 years. This brief fact sheet discusses the primary components of proper septic system maintenance, including water conservation, careful landscaping, pumping the septic tank, system upgrading, and professional management. Line drawings illustrate a cross section of a septic tank and the septic system, including the soil absorption system. A data table presents an estimate of septic tank pumping frequencies in years for year-round residence, depending on the size of the septic tank. Homeowners will find this information easily assessible, and those wastewater professionals who work with homeowners may want to use it as an educational tool.

WWFSPE73DL/Fact Sheet: 3pp. (2001)

Price: $0.00


Septic Systems 1-2-3
Septic Systems 1-2-3
The Michiana Council of Governments

This video is a good tool for educating homeowners and others who need to understand the basic components, purpose, function, and maintenance of the conventional sesptic system. This digital video reminds us that there are only three simple rules for the proper care and maintenance of your septic system:

1. Be careful how much you put down the system at one time.

2. Be careful about what you put into the septic system.

3. Schedule regular pumpinf of the septic tank.

In simple and easy-to-understand language, several wastewater professionals, including a plumber, a pumper, an excavator, excavator, and an inspector, explain what a septic system is, what its components are, and what it does. Special emphasis is placed on owner responsiblility and the regular maintenance of the septic system to prevent problems and to protect the homeowner's investment as well as the environment and the publi health. Tips are offered on what goes into te system with other do's and don'ts. This digital video will be useful to the local officials, general public, public health officials, and contractors/developers.

WWDVPE91DL/12 Minute Video: 0 pp. (0)

*** For video downloading and viewing instructions, please use this link

Price: $0.00
 
Septic Systems: Finding and repairing failed septic systems
Little Beaver Creek Land Foundation

This fact sheet explains to homeowners the troublesome effects caused by malfunctioning septic systems.

WWFSPE132DL/Fact Sheet: 2pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00


 
Septic Systems: How Can Contamination of Water Resources by Septic Tanks be Avoided?
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

When housing developments are constructed far from existing sewer lines, septic systems are used for sewage treatment. While a properly operating and maintained septic systems provides adequate wastewater treatment, there are a few rules that must be followed or these systems can contaminate the environment. This fact sheet provides homeowners with some important septic system facts. A simple list of septic system do's and don'ts is included.

WWFSPE128DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00
 
Septic Tanks and Mosquitoes
Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District

This brochure explains what you can do to ensure that your septic tank does not become a breading ground for mosquitoes. It shows how it only takes a few small steps to ensure a safe septic tank.

WWBRPE144DL/Brochure: 2pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00


Small Community Wastewater Treatment: Management and Myths
Small Community Wastewater Treatment: Management and Myths
Ayers & Associates

This video illustrates that onsite wastewater treatment systems are a viable option for small communities. It highlights a lakefront community in Washington County, Minnesota, that had cesspools under water. They opted for onsite systems over a centralized system with a third party (public utility) providing and overseeing the management of all systems. Another case study in the Florida Keys is briefly detailed in this video. Both case studies are successful examples of how onsite systems—when properly designed, installed, and maintained—provide high quality wastewater treatment at a substantial cost savings over centralized treatment.

WWDVPE101DL/Video: 0 pp. (0)

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Price: $0.00
 
So . . . Now You Own a Septic System
National Environmental Services Center

First in a series of three brochures, this introduces the conventional septic tank soil absorption system. The brochure describes how a septic system works and how to keep it functioning properly. Schematic diagrams are provided.

WWBRPE20DL/Brochure: 2pp. (1995)

Price: $0.00


 
So . . . Now You Own A Septic System (Spanish Version)
National Environmental Services Center

First in a series of three brochures, this introduces the conventional septic tank soil absorption system. The brochure describes how a septic system works and how to keep it functioning properly. Schematic diagrams are provided.

WWBRPE58DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (2000)

Price: $0.00
 
Soil Evaluation for Home Septic Systems
The Ohio State University Extension

Soil is an excellent medium for treatment wastewater. This fact sheet explains the properties of appropriate soil for the installation of a typical septic system.

WWFSPE142DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2004)

Price: $0.00


 
Soil Facts: Why Do Septic Systems Fail?
North Carolina State University, A&T State University, Cooperative Extension

This fact sheet lists signs of septic system failure and gives the homeowner useful information for preventing failures and for repairing systems. Although the fact sheet is based on North Carolina code, most of the information can be adapted to other states.

WWFSPE113DL/Fact Sheet: 4 pp. (0)

Price: $0.00
 
The Homeowner's Solution For Handling Residential Sewage in Challenging Locations
Sump & Sewage Pump Manufacturing Association

As homes are being built on land with more difficult terrain, grinder pumps are being used to facilitate the handling of sewage. This pamphlet, produced by the Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association, explains the advantages of grinder pump systems, describes the two main types of grinder pumps, and presents the costs associated with the installation, maintenance, and operation of these devices.

WWBRPE120DL/Brochure: 4 pp. (2007)

Price: $0.00


 
The Source Water Protection Primer
Pollution Probe

Source water protection is universally considered the right thing to. This booklet informs the public on how they can help can make it happen. This publication explains how the choices that people make every day, whether at home, at work, or on the farm, can help to protect water at its source.

WWBKPE133DL/Book: 92 pp. (2004)

Price: $0.00
 
Understanding Your Household Septic System
The University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cooperative Extension

This fact sheet provides information to help septic system owners to understand how to take care of the system to maximize its ability to treat the household wastewater. Details are given about how the system works, what a soil absorption system is, how it treats wastewater, and ways to manage the system. There is also an illustration of a conventional septic system with a drainfield.

WWFSPE79DL/Fact Sheet: 2pp. (2010)

Price: $0.00


Upgrading Small Community Wastewater Treatment
Upgrading Small Community Wastewater Treatment
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This video illustrates technologies that may be appropriate for upgrading wastewater treatment systems for small communities faced with more stringent effluent limits or increased wastewater flows. The video reviews possible upgrades for technologies such as lagoons, sand filters, trickling filters, sequencing batch reactors, constructed wetlands, and land treatment options.

WWDVPE98DL/Video 20 Minutes: 0 pp. (1987)

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Price: $0.00
 
Wastewater Treatment Education Materials
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wastewater Management

EPA's Office of Water launched a year-long celebration in 2003 of the Clean Water Act. This download contains the various educational matherials sponsored by the EPA. The materials were provided to help municipal officials educate citizens about the improtance of wastewater treatment. Space is available for local officials to provide their local contact information on each of these items for customization.

WWCDPE93DL/Multiple Files 15.3 MB: 0 pp. (2003)

*Mac/Linux users start by clicking on wastewatermonth.html

Price: $0.00


 
Wastewater Treatment Educational Materials
U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency

This download provides a variety of resources which will help local and municipal officials educate citizens about the importance of treating wastewater. All materials can be customized to include local information.

WWCDPE114DL/15.3 MB Zip File: 0 pp. (2003)

*Mac/Linux users start by clicking on wastewatermonth.html

Price: $0.00
 
Water Conservation Using Greywater
Washington State Department of Health, Wastewater Management Program

Conserving water lessens the burden on our potable water resources and on our pocketbooks. Subsurface irrigation with greywater offers a way to conserve water. This fact sheet answers some of the common questions homeowners might have when considering using greywater in their landscape.

WWFSPE121DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2005)

Price: $0.00


 
Water Pollution Solutions: Septic Systems
Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts

Septic systems that are not functioning properly can pose health threats to people and harm surrounding natural systems. This fact sheet gives homeowners an overview of how their septic tank and drainfield works and offers suggestions on things to do and not do to keep the systems working properly.

WWFSPE126DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2004)

Price: $0.00
 
What Do You Know About... Combined Sewer Overflows?
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC)

This brochure defines and describes the three parts of water quality protection: classification, criteria, and anti-degradation policy. It also includes regulatory requirements and lists nine minimum controls for combined sewer overflows.

WWBRPE108DL/Brochure: 2pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00


 
What to Expect During a Septic System First Maintenance Inspection
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

Regular maintenance of your septic system will keep your system working efficiently, prevent costly repairs, and help protect water quality. In addition, inspections can save you money by preventing unnecessary pump-outs. Although this information is based on Rhode Island code requirements, it can be adapted to other states.

WWFSPE107DL/Fact Sheet: 2pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00
 
What to Expect During a Septic System Routine Maintenance Inspection
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

Regular maintenance of your septic system will keep your system working efficiently, prevent costly repairs, and help protect water quality. In addition, inspections can save you money by preventing unnecessary pump-outs. This checklist details what an inspector will do to determine property and background information, find the tank and evaluate the site, evaluate the tank, pump out the system, check the effluent screen if one is present, and provide results and recommendations. It also includes a diagram of a two-compartment septic tank with access risers and an effluent screen. Although this information is based on Rhode Island code requirements, it can be adapted to other states.

WWFSPE112DL/Fact Sheet: 2pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00


 
What to Expect During a Septic Tank Pump-Out
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

This fact sheet gives the homeowner a checklist that can be used during a septic tank pump-out. It includes steps that the pumper should perform before pumping, during pumping, and after pumping. It also includes tips for reducing the number of pump-outs, explains the use of additives in the system, and provides a section for recording pump-outs. Although this information was developed for Rhode Island residents, most of it can be used by residents from other states.

WWFSPE111DL/Fact Sheet: 2pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00
 
What’s Up with our Nation’s Waters?
Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This booklet examines: what scientists measure in our water; what percentage of our waters are clean; and major pollutants in our waters.It then offers suggestions of what you can do to help; projects you can do for school or fun; a quiz to test your water smarts; and a glossary that defines common terminology.

WWBLPE146DL/Booklet: 28pp. (2001)

Price: $0.00


Your Septic System: A Guide for Homeowners
Your Septic System: A Guide for Homeowners
Northern Virginia Planning District Commission

The video is designed to remove the mystery about septic system maintenance. In simple and straightforward language, the video briefly illustrates how septic systems work, highlighting the septic tank, distribution box, and leachfield. The video presents basic do's and don'ts homeowners should follow to get the most out of their systems.

WWDVPE99DL/Video: 0 pp. (1990)

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Price: $0.00
 
‘Bay Friendly’ Cleaners for your Home
University of Maryland, Cooperative Extension Service

Simple cleaning products consisting of chemicals whose hazards are widely understood should be considered as alternatives to commercial products. This fact sheet provides recipes for eleven less hazardous and more environmentally-friendly household cleaning products.

WWFSPE134DL/Fact Sheet: 1 pp. (1995)

Price: $0.00


   
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