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Small Wastewater Systems

James Newton, PE

The Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1977 made it unlawful to discharge any pollutant from a point source into navigable waters, unless a permit was obtained. EPA's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program controls discharges. Industrial, municipal, and other facilities must obtain NPDES permits if their discharges go directly to surface waters. This online course provides guidance and criteria for the design and selection of small-scale wastewater treatment facilities. Information necessary to select, size, and design such wastewater treatment unit processes, and guidance to generally available and accepted references including detailed design examples for such information are presented. The course materials are based entirely on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-501: Small Wastewater Systems (1999 edition, 221 pages). This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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