The Decentralized Wastewater Innovation (DWI) Cohort is a nationwide community-driven research initiative by DigDeep Right to Water Project elevating decentralized wastewater challenges, solutions, and policy opportunities. Given the unique intersection of (1) unprecedented federal funding for decentralized and alternative wastewater solutions, (2) the complex landscape of residential infrastructure needs, and (3) the diverse, comprehensive expertise of the DWI Cohort, the Cohort recommends the following policy opportunities for federal agency consideration:
1. Develop an accurate count and map of decentralized wastewater system deficiencies in the US; use this improved data to drive resource allocation to increase the efficiency and impact of federal and state programming.
2. Expand and improve outreach programs to impacted communities and households to reduce access barriers to funding mechanisms.
3. Prioritize regulatory support and funding for alternative technologies to improve access to affordable and effective decentralized wastewater systems.
4. Invest in long-term relationships with impacted communities and households to improve compliance, ensure longevity, deepen cultural integration, and improve public health outcomes.
- Published by
- DigDeep's Decentralized Wastewater Innovation Cohort
- Funded by
- W.K. Kellogg Foundation
- Issue areas
- Agriculture and Food
- Document type
- North America / United States
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