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The Value of On-site Wastewater in Mississippi
Proceedings of the 2019 Mississippi Water Resources Conference

Year: 2019 Authors: Welch D.


The 2010 US Census lists approximately 50% of the population of MS as living in "rural" areas. The vast majority of the homes & businesses in these areas are served sewer by on-site wastewater treatment and disposal systems. This presentation will focus on the economic and societal value of serving areas with sewer that might not otherwise be habitable. It will also focus on the potential costs and issues associated with malfunctioning on-site wastewater disposal systems and issues that currently face the Mississippi State Department of Health in regulating the usage of on-site wastewater treatment and disposal systems. There will also be a focus on the attitudes of the wider public as it relates to on-site wastewater treatment and disposal.

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