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Municipal Technologies
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The Agency provides both direct and indirect assistance in the area of municipal wastewater treatment technologies. Direct assistance includes one-on-one discussions about design, operation and maintenance of systems, and the identification and solution of problems. Indirect assistance includes support for the development of regulations; technical information; guidance, assessments, evaluation, and cost estimates for the design, construction, and operation and maintenance of municipal wastewater treatment facilities.

Areas of expertise include:

  • conventional wastewater treatment and collection systems
  • combined sewer overflow treatment and control
  • storm water treatment and management
  • biological treatment processes
  • physical/chemical treatment processes
  • advanced treatment processes
  • conventional biosolids treatment and reuse procedures
  • biosolids technologies
  • disinfection and odor control
  • alternative collection systems
  • decentralized treatment systems, including on-site systems
  • land application of effluent and biosolids
  • constructed wetlands
  • wastewater reuse

EPA also encourages and provides support for the development of innovative and alternative technologies in any of the above areas. EPA's Municipal Technology Assessment program supports innovative and alternative technology development through a number of efforts and partners. Below is a list of some of the products and services available:

An important aspect of implementing municipal technologies is operation and maintenance. EPA supports a number of activities related to O&M. These include:

  • The National Environmental Training Center for Small Communities (NETCSC) Exit EPA Disclaimer
  • Establishment of onsite training centers in several states, including Arizona, Missouri, North Carolina, RHode Island, Texas and Washington. A new center in Vermont is being developed.
  • Clean Water Act Recognition Awards Program (formerly National Wastewater Management Excellence Awards Program) that recognizes communities, industrial facilities, plant personnel, and state and local officials that demonstrate commitment and innovation in achieving water quality goals. The categories recognized are operations and maintenance, biosolids management, pretreatment, storm water management, and combined sewer overflow controls.


2002 National Clean Water Act Recognition Awards Ceremony

Municipal Technologies - Related Links

Technology Fact Sheets
Research and Development
Environmental Technology Verification Program
Technology Transfer
Wet Weather Flow Research
Water Environment Federation Exit EPA Disclaimer
Water Environment Research Foundation Exit EPA Disclaimer
National Small Flows Clearinghouse Exit EPA Disclaimer
Municipal Technologies Library

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