In a condominium, trustees, owners, managers, and developers are confronted each and every day with myriad infrastructure issues, each of which significantly affects the financial considerations of the development. Although not often a topic of polite conversation at social functions or even industry roundtables, waste- water management is typically a significant consideration for condominiums that are located in unsewered areas, where the condominium development must provide and manage its own wastewater collection, treatment, and dispersal system.
Effective System Design
Every home, regardless of whether it is a single family or a condominium, connected to a sewer line or to a septic tank, has to deal with the household's generated waste-water, typically 60 gallons per day (gpd) / person. Sewer system designers use the criteria of 200—250 gpd/residential unit. Houses connected to municipal sewers transfer the responsibility for treating and dispersing the treated effluent to the municipality in exchange for an annual fee, Homeowners with septic systems are managing their own wastewater treatment and dispersal system. Many condominiums in unsewered areas provide a community wastewater system comparable in purpose to a municipal system.
Wastewater management consists of three steps: