Rural Community

Koester environmental understands that your community needs are unique and of the highest priority.

Many small or rural communities across Ontario are faced with the need to overhaul wastewater treatment to accommodate an increasing population, climate change or stricter environmental regulations. Historically, the solution was one of three options: build a new centralized wastewater treatment system; connect to or upgrade an existing system; or continue to rely on septic or on-site systems. However, there is another option for these communities – a decentralized wastewater system from Koester Environmental.

Decentralized wastewater treatment systems use a combination of onsite or packaged wastewater treatment systems to treat and dispose of wastewater from houses and businesses that are located relatively close together. Packaged wastewater treatment systems collect and treat wastewater from two or more homes, but typically less than 100. In a decentralized system, individual septic tanks or aerobic units may pre-treat wastewater from several homes onsite before it is transported though small sewers to a local treatment unit. The effluent can be discharged into the groundwater or surface water after treatment. For example, the communities of the Fields of St. Croix and Jackson Meadow in Minnesota use constructed wetlands to provide onsite wastewater treatment in un-serviced areas, instead of standard septic systems. This approach allowed development of a small cluster of residential lots and the community to maintain larger areas for permanent open space. In Ontario, the Thornton Crossing Commercial Plaza, in a rural community north of Toronto, uses an onsite Biologicaltreatment plant to treat wastewater from restaurants, a gas station and some shops in an un-serviced area. Decentralized systems keep wastewater within the watershed, can recharge groundwater supplies and maintain stream base flows, can recover nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) from wastewater for use as fertilizers in landscaping and agriculture and can reuse treated wastewater (e.g., for toilets, irrigation and firefighting).

There are a number of packaged treatment options for you to consider, depending on your specific requirements. To discuss our complete line of solutions for Rural and Decentralized communities click or call on one of our Professional Engineers today, or simply complete our quote request here: