Agreement Will Help Boost Water Quality

Staff | September 28, 2010

Wastewater treatment systems serving 25 million homes across the country will be improved, thanks to an agreement between EPA and 14 national organizations.

The organizations will work together to improve management of septic wastewater systems by exchanging information and providing technical assistance to their members, states and local municipalities.

Nearly one quarter of the nation's housing and commercial developments depend on on-site and septic wastewater treatment systems.

When properly sited, designed and maintained, these systems perform at a high level. However, 10 to 20 percent fail each year, and malfunctioning systems are the second greatest threat to groundwater quality in the United States.

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