Continuing Education Forum - Onsite Sewerage

We host free monthly online meetings to provide continuing education for Practitioners and Professionals in the BC sewerage industry.

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Typically, we have a guest speaker to deliver a presentation on a specific topic followed with a Q&A opportunity regarding the presenter's topic and an open discussion about any issue that participants wish to raise.

Sessions are live, interactive and online. We use screen sharing software (GoToMeeting) to provide the visual presentation (PowerPoint etc.) with audio options by phone or by voice-over-internet.

This is an excellent continuing education opportunity for professionals and practitioners. You will be able to claim continuing education credits for EGBC or continuing professional development hours for ASTTBC.

What do we chat about? Here is an overview of recent forums:

  • August 20, 2021. Sewage Transfer. We proposed a few questions for discussion, such as "which is best - grinder or solids handling pumps?", "in a small pump basin or a larger tank with reserve?" and "can we use sewage transfer basins to depart from septic tank setbacks?" Don MacRae from Pump Tech Inc. was the primary presenter. The ensuing discussion by participants and the EQUIP team of contributors resulted in an excellent exploration of sewage transfer options.
  • September 24, 2021. Gravity vs. Pressure. Pros and Cons. We had an entertaining 'mock' debate to demonstrate a typical interaction with a client who resists pressure dispersal options. Jim took the 'don't want a pump' position and Oscar Long, ROWP supported the 'sometimes you need a pump' position. Then the panel of EQUIP contributors discussed the underlying principles of uniform and non-uniform distribution to soil dispersal systems, benefits of small dose volumes, timed dosing etc. Forum participants joined the discussion with anecdotes and insights regarding pros and cons of pressure dispersal.
  • October 22, 2021. The Professional Governance Act - New Practice Requirements for Onsite Sewerage Professionals and Practitioners. Jim Andersen, AScT, ROWP provided a presentation outlining the PGA.  Michael Payne, P.Eng, P.Geo and Ian Ralston P.L.Eng anchored the panel discussion and outlined the PGA guidance published by EGBC. A great discussion ensued with participants.
  • December 17, 2021. A Rational Take on Sewerage Regulation. Brent Dennis, P.Eng, provided a presentation exploring the perceived pitfalls of the Regulation (SSR). Briefly stated - Brent 'normalized' the negative aspects of the regulatory framework (all industries have similar issues) while highlighting the positive aspects (better outcomes for protection of health & environment and excellent opportunities for Practitioners and Professionals who do good work).
  • January 21, 2022. Cold Weather Considerations. Jim Andersen, AScT, ROWP provided a presentation exploring design and installation challenges for systems with significant risk of freezing. Topics included insulation, piping configurations to minimize freezing, draining the pipe networks, heat tape, tank heaters, sleeved road crossings and other strategies to address cold climates. Jeff Oland, P.Eng. prepared and delivered valuable contributions to the presentation. Bruce McColm, ROWP, added his insights to the presentation based on his considerable cold weather experience.  Very productive discussion followed with our usual panel (Michael, Ian, Brent etc.) and great participation from the large group (30+) of participants.
  • February 25, 2022. Working with First Nations. The panel (Michael, Ian, Brent, Jim, Bruce) provided a presentation exploring the regulatory framework for First Nations sewerage and the unique considerations for design, installation and maintenance. A robust group discussion followed, with participants contributing insights regarding high occupancy, high strength wastewater, maintenance considerations and development of maintenance competency within First Nations communities.
  • March 25, 2022. Secondary Treatment for Onsite Sewerage. We had a very productive group discussion regarding the regulatory framework, exploring the significant differences in the approaches to treatment of the Sewerage System Regulation versus the Municipal Wastewater Regulation, and the wide diversity in treatment requirements by Regional Districts and other local regulators within OCP's, local bylaws, covenants, etc. We also explored the treatment technologies in common use, advantages and disadvantages of various treatment processes and considerations for selection of appropriate treatment hardware with regard to anticipated sewage characteristics.
  • April 29, 2022. Secondary Treatment for Onsite Sewerage - Part 2. As a follow up to the March 25 forum, we had a more detailed discussion regarding selection of treatment processes and hardware. Other topics included source control and mitigation, flow equalization, the regulatory context for non-sewerage flows (winery waste is an interesting and recurring theme!). We also focused on 'what does the SPM say?' about selection and specification of treatment.
  • May 27, 2022. Case studies - Sewerage projects with design and installation challenges. Jim and the EQUIP team shared photos and documents outlining several challenging projects - with a focus on 'what went wrong?' and 'how to avoid similar trouble in future?'

Upcoming forums will address new topics. We invite your suggestions for continuing education topics. And we are looking for volunteers to provide presentations!!!!! Got an interesting project? Wanna share your specific expertise?

Use the form (below) to register for the next forum. You will receive a digital link to join the online session using the GoToMeeting screen-sharing app.


Forum Detail

The next scheduled continuing education forum is Friday, September 30, 2022, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.

The topic is Case Studies: Sewerage design for high strength sewage and large flows.

Jim will share photos and documents outlining the design challenges for two large-flow systems, both with high strength sewage from restaurants.        

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