Leaf Litter

In This Issue

The disposal of human waste near its source is certainly not a new concept (cesspits, anyone?). Neither is the idea to capture and treat wastewater on site. In fact, many septic systems in use today are based on technology developed in the late 1800s. Since the modernization of sewers, decentralized wastewater treatment has long been relegated to the realm of the rural, or considered a temporary solution when connection to public sewer service is not possible or practical. But this is changing.

A rising tide of environmental, public health, and economic concerns related to the realities of water scarcity, aging infrastructure, and new pollutants in the form of chemicals, hormones, pharmaceuticals, and microplastics, is generating a wave of innovation and interest in decentralized wastewater treatment/reuse systems as powerful tools for sustainability and resilience. This wave has not yet crested, and we are eager to jump in.

Article Index

We begin by chatting with Jeff Moeller, Director of Water Technologies at the Water Environment & Research Foundation, who tells us how the water quality industry is moving innovation into practice.

Engineer Michael Ogden’s expertise on constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment and reuse has been sought by communities throughout the world. Here, he shares some with us.