Small-scale wastewater treatment and water reuse in the community is a very effective water management model for both developed and developing nations.
Decentralization negates the need to build or expand extensive wastewater collection networks and enables the provision of water reuse, helping deliver local water security.
Decentralized treatment can deliver many sustainable advantages over “big-pipe” centralized infrastructure:
• Treatment where it’s needed – point source – quick to design and build to meet fast growing populations
• Short, small-pipe collection systems – avoiding the cost and complexity of big-pipe infrastructure
• Minimal pumping – saving energy, maintenance and cost
• Enables local water reuse – ‘local’ distribution pipe network helping deliver water security