Wastewater Management Plan For Unincorporated Taney County, Missouri

Date of Graduation

Spring 1983


Master of Science in Geospatial Sciences


Geography, Geology, and Planning

Committee Chair

William Cheek


Septic tank-soil absorption system have universally been considered inferior as a means of wastewater disposal. They are generally considered suitable for use only until the dwelling can be connected to a central sewage disposal system. Recent studies, however, have shown that with proper design, construction, and maintenance, onsite wastewater disposal systems can be a viable, permanent means of wastewater disposal in many areas. This study describes the environmental problems that have resulted from the uncontrolled use of septic tanks in Taney County, Missouri, a rapidly developing rural county in the Missouri Ozarks. The study suggests that a comprehensive wastewater management plan can solve the county's waste disposal problems. The management plan divides the unincorporated portion of the county into a series of management districts, based on the density of septic tanks. The potential for pollution as determined by an evaluation of population density and soil limitations is the rational basis for the suggested type of wastewater disposal system and degree of control suggested for each management district.

Subject Categories

Earth Sciences


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