The Septage Management System of the city of Dumaguete consists of the first city-wide septic tank maintenance program in the Republic of the Philippines to be financed by the local government coupled with a low-cost, low-maintenance decentralized wastewater treatment facility. The project was motivated by an assessment of the city which found there to be 20,000 poorly designed and improperly maintained septic tanks that functioned largely without government regulation and without a city-wide sanitary sewer system. The Septage Management System is based on an equal partnership between the water utility company and the local government of Dumaguete in which revenue is evenly split. It is estimated the project will achieve full cost recovery through user fees after five years.
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