What are RI Towns Doing?
Block Island
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The BIGHP Project

RIWIS (Rhode Island Wastewater Information System)

Onsite Systems Basics
Onsite treatment systems
Property owner's guide

Wastewater Manager's Toolkit
Creating a management plan
Drafting an ordinance
Developing treatment standards
Funding and staffing a program
Getting the message out
Tracking inspections
Achieving results

Onsite System Research and Assessment
Demonstration systems
Soil suitability
Using GIS for evaluation
Water quality monitoring

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About Charlestown

Charlestown is a rural, costal community, encompassing approximately 40 square miles. The Town is entirely dependent upon groundwater for its drinking water supply and upon onsite treatment of wastewater, as there are no sewers. Failing septic systems have caused the closure of shell fishing beds and the loss of eel grass (critical for marine life). What were once small summer cottages have now become year-round homes for many, causing septic system management to become even more critical.

Quick Facts

• Population 7,860.
• 4,200 onsite treatment systems
• No municipal water or sewer

Summary of Wastewater Management Program and Current Results

History of Wastewater Management in Charlestown

Goals of Wastewater Management Program

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