Sara Heger

Headshot of Sara Heger.
Research Associate
Adjunct Assistant Professor

173 McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108
United States

Contact me for help with:
  • Decentralized wastewater
  • Septic systems
  • Water softeners
  • Chloride management
  • Milk house wastewater


Sara Heger is a researcher and instructor at the University of Minnesota in the Onsite Sewage Treatment Program in the Water Resources Center and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Department. For over 20 years, she has been conducting research and providing education and technical assistance to homeowners, small communities, onsite professionals, and local units of government regarding decentralized onsite wastewater treatment. Heger coordinates the research program at the U of M focusing on issues related to decentralized wastewater, chlorides, and milk house process water. She has presented in over 30 different states and provinces in North America regarding the science of wastewater treatment including design, installation, and management. Heger is the president of the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, serves on the NSF International Committee on Wastewater Treatment Systems and chairs Minnesota’s SSTS Advisory Committee. She has a BS in Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering and a MS and PhD in Water Resource Science.