Guide to Research and Products from the Decentralized Water Resources Collaborative

Cities, towns, and suburbs across the United States and abroad increasingly are turning to decentralized treatment approaches to solve their water and wastewater challenges.

Many communities have found that decentralized approaches offer an affordable, sustainable solution that provides many additional economic, social, and environmental benefits. Fortunately, many resources are available to help guide communities through the entire process—from decision-making to design and performance to system management. Much of this work is the result of a $16 million, multiyear collaborative effort by the Decentralized Water Resources Collaborative (DWRC) and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) (now Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF)) under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). This outreach web page provides resources to help you navigate the research and products from the DWRC.

Tools to Help You Navigate this Information

 Decentralized Water FAQ         Decentralized Water Brochure         Decentralized Water Quick Guide

Decentralized Water Resources: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions

A concise guide highlighting key issues and topics organized by category that includes links to referenced information and resources.

A four-page brochure introduces the products and can be shared with others

[[Quick_Guide|Quick Guide to the Research and Products]]

A simple, graphical snapshot of every product available from the DWRC, including links to tools, reports, or other products. (PDF)



         Centralized Agency Brochure           DWRC presentation

This short video tour shows users how to quickly access the research they need. (Click on four arrows on the bottom right to enlarge the video.)

[[Final_Technical_Broc|Centralized Agency Brochure]]

A brochure for centralized wastewater agencies that explains the opportunities decentralized systems may provide and the DWRC resources that will help.


A presentation that anyone can use to help educate key stakeholders about the decentralized resources and tools available from the DWRC.


Other Resources

For a complete list of all research products and to get started right away, visit the Decentralized Water Resources Collaborative website. For the latest news and information on decentralized systems research, visit WE&RF’s Decentralized Knowledge Area.

MOU Partners — The U.S. EPA and partner organizations have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support state and local governments that are implementing decentralized wastewater programs. For more information, visit the MOU partners.

About the Decentralized Water Resources Collaborative

The Decentralized Water Resources Collaborative (DWRC), formally known as the National Decentralized Water Resources Capacity Development Project (NDWRCDP), is a cooperative effort funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) to support research and development on decentralized wastewater and stormwater systems. WERF has served as the lead organization for the DWRC and has administered the U.S. EPA grants. Other DWRC partners include the Coalition of Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT), Consortium of Institutes for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment (CIDWT), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA), and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Work is carried out through subgrants to partners and contractors selected through competitive requests for proposals.