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Loudoun County, Virginia is a suburb of the Washington, DC metropolitan area and is located in the Potomac River watershed upstream of the major water intakes serving themetropolitan region. For this reason, a considerable portion of the county is subject to restrictions significantly limiting the number of wastewater treatment plant effluent discharges to surface water. This has been a major factor leading to new communitybased wastewater treatment systems utilizing large subsurface dispersal systems for effluent disposal. In addition to protecting surface waters, these systems have the added benefit of recharging groundwater. Lenah Run was the first community built in Loudoun County with such a system. With one and a half years of operation complete, Lenah provides a strong case study on how to design, construct and operate such a system.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2003-01-01

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