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Responsible management entities (RME) provide the managerial, technical and financial expertise needed to assure satisfactory long-term performance of on-site wastewater treatment systems. This paper describes research into the operations of RMEs successfully providing operation and maintenance services to decentralized wastewater systems. The research found that successful RMEs operate under a variety of business operation models but exhibit four common characteristics. These include broad public support, a preference for clusters, a preference for new construction, and a method to collect on bad debt. The ramifications for agencies interested in becoming RMEs in the decentralized wastewater field are also discussed.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2005

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