Scattered dwelling is the third largest of the diffuse nutrient loads to the Baltic Sea. There is also EU legislation that aims to achieve a good status of water bodies of the EU. The main challenge of this project is to find the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly wastewater treatment solutions for the scattered dwelling households not connected to urban wastewater plants in order to decrease wastewater emissions into the Baltic Sea to the level set by the forthcoming EU water legislation. The main objective is to support the needs of households to avoid unnecessary investments and operating costs when shifting to
mproved waste water treatment and thus encourage them to implement new treatment systems. The project will be conducted in pilot villages where technological solutions will be assessed and built for the households. Wastewater treatment systems are assessed for technological, economic, environmental and social aspects in order to find out the potentially best-fitting systems for the improved wastewater treatment in the households of scattered dwelling regions.
reparation of the information tool (SOME based IT-service) is the most important result of the project. It is an easy-to-use information retrieval, exchange and processing system designed to help users to find appropriate, specific and helpful information on the small scale wastewater treatment solutions for their needs. It will provide the best-fitting suggestions for wastewater treatment systems meeting the circumstances and the priority criteria set by any individual user primarily in the partner countries. A large part of the
nformation included in the tool are relevant for all users interested in the topic all over the Baltic Sea Region, the EU and wider. The tool considers the topic of waste water treatment in from technological, environmental, economic and social points of view. It will also include discussion and communication forums through which it connects and brings the target groups together to discuss, exchange data and ideas, assess and commit planning, implementation and management of waste water treatment systems.
The main target groups of the project are the households and people of scattered dwelling communities. Other important beneficiaries are the policy-makers and authorities who are involved in the preparation of waste legislation, environmental NGOs, technology, development and advisory SMEs, research institutes and municipalities. The services of the information tool are useful and practical for all who are making decisions on the waste water treatment issue. They can provide information tailored for many special areas of expertise and interest, and thus benefits a broad set of users making decisions on the waste water treatment issue. Hence the tool will help to improve the state of the local waters and the Baltic Sea in such a way that total environmental impact would not increase.