Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1982

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Major

Water Resources

Abstract

On-site wastewater management is defined as central management of a non-central system. The wastewater treatment systems are owned by the homeowners on individual lots but the operation, inspection, and maintenance of these systems would be the responsibility of a central authority. This relieves the homeowner of the responsibility of operating a wastewater treatment system, for which many homeowners are either not prepared or not interested. Public management of on-site wastewater treatment systems is also one alternative to sewage collection with central treatment. Some of the advantages of management are low cost, and environmental and developmental benefits. The objectives of this study were to prepare the necessary legal documents to create management districts for Iowa, distribute information on management to local decision makers, assist counties in forming districts, and document district formation;A model county ordinance which would create an on-site wastewater management district was developed for Iowa utilizing the authority granted counties under county home rule. The ordinance sets the boundaries of the management district, establishes the administration, and delegates authority to the administration. This ordinance was adopted in Guthrie County, Iowa and a management district was formed at Lake Panorama. Lake Panorama is a 3665 lot rural subdivision surrounding an impoundment on the Middle Raccoon River. All wastewater in this subdivision has been treated on individual lots for all the 320 existing homes. The administrative committee of the Lake Panorama On-Site Wastewater Management District has prepared administrative, construction, and maintenance rules for the district, has begun correcting failing systems, and is inspecting new construction. The acceptance, accomplishments, and few difficulties experienced at Lake Panorama show that on-site wastewater management is a workable, realistic alternative for rural Iowa.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-6093

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Karen Marie Mancl

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI8221204

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

132 pages

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