What are RI Towns Doing?
Block Island
South Kingstown

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

Training and technical support

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What are Rhode Island Towns Doing?

Onsite wastewater (septic system) management is a field that is evolving rapidly. This issue is relevant to almost all Rhode Island towns, although not all communities have begun to implement active wastewater management programs. The following town plans highlight several management approaches. These plans originated from the EPA Block Island/Green Hill Pond National Decentralized Wastewater Management Project, and they serve as examples for other communities seeking to establish such programs.

The goal of the Block Island/Green Hill Pond Project was to establish sustainable, onsite wastewater management programs for Block Island and the Green Hill Pond watershed areas in South Kingstown and Charlestown. For more information click here.

For more detailed information on the specific town programs involved in the Block Island/Green Hill Pond Project, visit each town link below.

New Shoreham (Block Island)


South Kingstown

• For a summary of system management requirements, click here.

• For a summary of the program components in Block Island, Charlestown, South Kingstown, and Jamestown, click here.

Other communities that already have wastewater management programs include:

North Kingstown

*If your town is developing a wastewater management program and is not included above, please let us know. Send an e-mail to: LPHILO@uri.edu



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