Nearly 25 percent of U.S. households use some form of onsite treatment that disposes of wastewater just under the ground surface of the property surrounding the homes. County offices generally are responsible for permitting and inspecting new systems, but few have the resources to monitor systems throughout their life. Without monitoring, there is no way to know if systems are being adequately managed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates more than half of U.S. onsite treatment systems are more than 30 years old, and surveys indicate 10 to 20 percent of all systems are not functioning properly.
A team of wastewater and GIS professionals listened to clients' concerns and drew on their knowledge of onsite treatment systems to create TrackAssist-Online, an easy-to-use, efficient management program that allows authorized owners, departmental staff, and service providers to track performance, maintenance, and operation of onsite systems. For more information or a live demo please contact Craig Gilbertson, environmental scientist for TrackAssist-Online, a division of Yahara Software by filling out the form found in the Contact Us section of this site.
TrackAssist-Online is an online planning tool that provides wastewater system operators with essential information to assess current and future needs. The "cradle to grave" program allows real-time updates and documentation of onsite system data. Program features include:
- On-line applications and permitting with a 24/7 automatic permitting feature.
- Real-time permit inventory and baseline information comprising site evaluation reports, record drawings, and maintenance reports.
- System performance tracking that alerts regulators of unacceptable performance.
- Automatic reminders to owners of pending scheduled maintenance.
- Interactive database site evaluation reports and spreadsheet designs of systems.
- A GIS planning tool to assess the appropriateness of treatment technology applications or to identify where clusters should be encouraged.
Ultimately the program helps communities monitor the effectiveness of onsite systems – and therefore help maintain the health of the people those systems serve and the quality of the surrounding environment.