Current Research

U of M and MDH 

Contaminants of Emerging Concern - Septic System and Private Well Education and Well Testing

Final Report .pdf

Wastewater Characteristics Analysis of Coffee and Soda Products

Final Report (.pdf)

Analysis of Recreational Vehicle Holding Tank Treatment Products 

Final Report (.pdf)


Wastewater Treatment Assessment at Two Minnesota State Parks (.pdf)

Kidney Dialysis - Effects on Wastewater

Assessment of a Minnesota Residential Septic System Affected by Home Hemodialysis (.pdf)

Water Softening

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Otter Tail Water Management Evaluation

Otter Tail Water Management District Septic System Use and Maintenance Evaluation .pdf

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Truck Wash Water Reuse for Brine Production Final .pdf
Investigating Wastewater Reuse at MnDOT Truck Stations Techical Report .pdf
Investigating Wastewater Reuse at MnDOT Truck Stations Full Report .pdf
Analysis of MNDOT On-Site Septic Treatment Systems CEC Treatment Efficacy: Year One Summary of Information Full Report .pdf
Investigating Flammable Waste Trap Solids at MnDOT Truck Stations .pdf
Investigating Flammable Waste Trap Solids at MnDOT Truck Stations Year Two Report .pdf
Characteristics of rest area water softeners and their effects on chloride in septic systems .pdf
Septic System Evaluation at Rest Stops, Truck Station, and Weigh Scales .pdf
Water Use Study at Rest Stops .pdf

Adult Care Facility Septic System Evaluation

This short-term study of six foster homes and one non-foster system collected laboratory and field data.

Final Report .pdf

BWSR Septic System Improvement Estimator

This Estimator is a simple Excel spreadsheet based tool for estimating the improvements made when septic systems are replaced.
Septic System Improvement Estimator .xls
Users Guide .pdf

Stocking Lake Watershed - Soil Phosphorus Study

This project sampled soils along topographic gradients to determine potential movement of phosphorus from source areas to off-site locations (e.g. lakes, rivers and streams). 
Research Summary .pdf

Laboratory Manufactured High Strength Waste Study

Research Summary .pdf
A laboratory study to develop a standardized high strength waste that could be used to test relative effectiveness of various pretreatment devices.

Rice County Seepage Pit (Dry Well) Research Summary

Full Report .pdf
A field investigation of dry well systems to determine if these systems meet current compliance criteria in the State of Minnesota.
Research Brief (.pdf)

Long-Term Soil Hydrology Research Sites

Read about their establishment .pdf
*Available with permission from the Minnesota Onsite Sewage Treatment Contractor Association Newsletter The Little Digger*

Milk House Project

General Information 

Milk House Wastewater Treatment Demonstration Project Overview .pdf
Milk House Wastewater Characteristics .pdf

Treatment Options

Treatment Milk House Wastewater design guide .pdf
Aerobic treatment unit .pdf
Bark Beds .pdf
Recirculating Media Filter .pdf
Surface Irrigation .pdf