New England Wastewater
England Onsite Wastewater Training Program has
increased the use of alternative waste
water treatment systems, enhanced the evaluation
and maintenance of onsite waste water systems,
trained a variety of audiences, and improved
water quality due to the decreased release
of nutrients and pathogens into the ground
water. The training program, developed
by the University of Rhode Island Cooperative
Extension and funded by NIFA, is a key
focus area within the New
England Regional Water Program.
Primary training is conducted at the university's
Peckham Farm, a demonstration, research,
and field-training center for alternative
septic system technologies in the Northeast.
Peckham Farm is one of eight regional centers
in the U.S.
Some of the training program achievements
- installing and monitoring 56 demonstration
systems since 1996;
- demonstrations highlighting 15 full-scale
- educating and training more than 2,000
members of industry, local government officials,
real estate professionals, NIFA water
quality professionals, and the general
- developing computerized mapping systems
to target the adoption of alternative onsite
technologies in areas at high risk for
septic system pollution.
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