Onsite Wastewater Training Center
The Tennessee Onsite Wastewater Training Center located
on the Middle Tennessee Experiment Station in Spring Hill, TN is a vital
component in the University's Center for Decentralized Wastewater Management
(CDWM), which strives to support the decentralized wastewater management
industry. The training facility includes a modern, comfortable
conference room for meetings and training sessions, and more importantly, a
set of displays of wastewater treatment systems.
Visitors must cross a bridge from the conference center
to view the displays. While this bridge provides convenient access to
the display area, it also symbolically represents the efforts of CDWM to
connect the research and technology transfer needed to successfully manage
the wastewater from homes and businesses that are not connected to
centralized municipal sewer systems.
Dr. John Buchanan instructs visitors at the onsite training facility.
The displays demonstrate conventional wastewater
disposal systems that are typical for most three-bedroom homes, including
two styles of pre-cast concrete septic tanks, two methods of wastewater
distribution in gravel filled trenches, two pressure distribution systems,
and several options for filtering effluent.
The bridge connects the conference room to the display area.