OPERATING AND MAINTAINING WASTEWATER AND STORM WATER SYSTEMS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY: CHALLENGES AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
Abstract:The wastewater and storm water infrastructure in the U.S. represents a significant financial investment, however, the maintenance of these systems is often lacking. Maintenance problems on private lands, particularly infiltration and inflow problems with private sewer laterals, can represent a significant part of the water quality problems a system faces.
A number of communities are aggressively addressing operation and maintenance issues of wastewater and storm water systems on private property. Cities such as Tulsa, Oklahoma and Shelbyville, Indiana are inspecting private laterals and illegal connections on private property. These programs are backed up by local ordinances with penalties. Other areas such as Albermarle County, Virginia, are requiring maintenance agreements from private landowners to ensure storm water management practices are adequately maintained.
A number of tools are available to local governments to ensure adequate maintenance of wastewater and stormwater systems on private property. In addition to education and ordinances requiring maintenance, local government inspection of these private systems is a key. Adequate resources must be invested not only in the construction of public and private systems, but also in their maintenance.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2001
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