and 2003, the University of Rhode Island's Cooperative Extension
Onsite Wastewater Training Center, as part of the Block
Island/Green Hill Pond Project, installed 25 demonstration advanced
wastewater treatment systems at local Rhode Island home sites.
The objectives of these demonstration systems included:
to replace failed systems, to demonstrate to property owners how
alternative systems may be installed on their own properties, how
they work, and how they are maintained. In addition to this, the
installation process also served as a means to train local contractors
on how to install these technologies, and long-term evaluation
and sampling data led to approval of systems for use in Rhode Island.
This project was a collaborative effort between The University
of Rhode Island (URI), Rhode Island Independent Contractors Association
(RICA), Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM),
and Costal Resources Management Council (CRMC), along with several
participating engineering firms.
Many of these
systems offer pioneering technology for advanced nitrogen and
bacterial removal as well as custom design for challenging
Virtual Tour of Demonstration Systems
Steps for Developing an Onsite Wastewater Demonstration Project