In the twilight of the 20th century, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) illuminated a path forward with a pivotal report in 1997. It recognized that decentralized wastewater systems, when properly managed, aren’t just temporary fixes but sustainable solutions, especially for communities that span the suburban to rural spectrum. This was more than an acknowledgment—it was a call to reassess the potential of advanced septic systems.
Fast forward to the year 2000, and the landscape of wastewater treatment was ripe for innovation. A comprehensive Market Study emerged, championed by visionaries at the Electric Power Research Institute and backed by environmental and energy stalwarts. The study wasn’t merely academic—it was a blueprint for revolutionizing wastewater treatment, foreseeing a time when advanced systems would not only outperform the old but would become the new standard, safeguarding our precious water resources from overburdened nitrogen and phosphorus.
Now, as we navigate the 21st century, three significant market drivers command our attention. The alarming decline in groundwater levels is not just a statistic—it’s a reality affecting our wells, our ecosystems, and our finances. And beneath the surface, a silent crisis brews; saltwater, which blankets the vast chambers of our planet’s underground reservoirs, threatens to seep into our freshwater supplies. This is not a mere possibility but a consequence of our actions, propelled by over-pumping and the relentless press of saltwater against freshwater boundaries.