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Human Excrement and its Value
SOP Update Training Registration Information
2022 SOWMA Board of Directors
2022 MOWMA Board of Directors
Computer Tips to Save Eye Strain
Changing Climates and Septic Systems
Brewing Beer Sustainably
BC Site & Soils Days
Upcoming Training Events
Events Calendar
...and more!
Changing Climates and Septic Systems

The Washington Post recently published an article about how rising sea and groundwater levels are causing sewage backups in homes, from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Coast. 

“The septic system is the canary in the coal mine,” Stiles said. “If you’ve got a house and the septic is starting to flood, it won’t be long before the house goes. We ought to be using septic failures as an early warning system for those areas we’re going to have to take people out of.”

Read the full story.

Virtual Membership Package

In your membership packages this year, you’ll receive all the same great benefits as last year, but less paper. This year we have created a collection of all the information that is usually printed and sent in your membership package and made it available to you on-line! You can access the information anytime you need it. Perkopolis, Staples, Insurance Information, it will all be there. Of course, you’ll still receive the special things like your certificate, decals, membership cards, Mark’s Work Wearhouse discount card and your complementary Homeowners Manual.

Less paper to recycle and more information at your fingertips!

Have You Moved?

We are putting the finishing touches on the summer issue of our Onsite Informer magazine. 

If you have recently relocated, please reach out to us and ensure we have your correct address on file. 

Saskatchewan Education Day and Annual General Meeting

SOWMA held its Annual General Meeting on April 14, with a full day of education followed by the business meeting at which the new Board of Directors was elected.

The 2022 SOWMA Board of Directors is:

Travis Wolfe

Dean Van Impe

Kyle Markusa

Jason Holtvogt
Director: Wesley Perehudoff

Manitoba Education Day and Annual General Meeting

MOWMA held its Annual General Meeting on April 21, with a full day of education followed by the business meeting at which the new Board of Directors was elected.

The 2022 MOWMA Board of Directors is:

Randy Thompson 

Edwin Friesen

Onale Thompson 

Denis Keating
Brent Good
Brett Gaudry

MOWMA would like to thank all those who have volunteered for service on the Board of Directors.

Updated Installation Information from Manitoba Climate, Environment, & Parks

Manitoba Climate, Environment, & Parks has uploaded new information on their website to clarify the design and installation requirements for disposal fields based on the specifications provided in the Supplementary Information Manual (2010).  The updates address the following:

  • Interpreting Soil Lab Analysis Reports
  • 85 – 100% Sand
  • 40 – 60% Clay
  • Pressure Distribution

Click here for more information.

Brewing Beer Sustainably 

An Ontario company is on a mission to use half the usual amount of water in the creation of its beer.

Two wastewater treatment plants were built, and an irrigation system was constructed to use the water to grow hops and fruit on site. They have cut water usage down to an estimated 4.5 litres of water per litre of beer, and 15,000 litres of water are reused per day. 

Read the full story.

Manitoba Job Grant

The Manitoba government has opened the first of two intake periods for the 2022-23 Canada–Manitoba Job Grant, with a total budget of $10 million, to support Manitoba’s workforce training needs, Economic Development, Investment and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen announced today.

The Canada–Manitoba Job Grant provides funding to address an employer’s workforce training needs. Employers can apply for up to $10,000 per employee, with an overall maximum of $100,000. Employers with 100 or fewer employees can receive 75 per cent of eligible training costs and employers with more than 100 employees can receive 50 per cent of eligible training costs. To qualify, the training must be delivered by a third-party trainer.

For more information on the Canada–Manitoba Job Grant and to access the application form, visit

Join the WCOWMA Facebook Group

We've expanded beyond pages! Come join the group, chat with other  people in the industry, and stay up-to-date with WCOWMA news. 

AB SOP Update Registration is Open!

Opportunities are now available to participate in the Standard of Practice Update Training. This two-day training is now required for those wishing to maintain their Certificate of Competency in Private Sewage (PSDS ticket). 

Register now: in-person or virtual

Alberta Standard of Practice Manuals

Print copies of the new Standard of Practice Manuals are available through the AOWMA storefront.

Students who order the SOP training and the SOP manual at the same time can save on shipping. 

Digital copies can be downloaded from the Safety Codes Council

Site & Soils Field Evaluation Workshop in BC

The WCOWMA - BC is hosting a series of Site & Soils Evaluation Field Days through the province.

May 6, 2022 | Kamloops, BC
Download a registration form
May 27, 2022 | Shuswap Region, BC
Download a registration form
Sign up online

This practical training day is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience evaluating a site, as well as practicing hand texturing and sampling. Installers who have recently completed the Onsite Wastewater Practitioner Training Program will be able to take their new knowledge and apply it in the field. Experienced designers and installers should also consider this opportunity to continue their education.

Onsite Wastewater Practitioner Training

The Western Canada Onsite Wastewater Management Association provides an excellent industry training program for Onsite Wastewater Professionals throughout Western Canada.

This training program has been found to meet or exceed the requirements of the Agreement on Internal Trade, the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement, and the New West Partnership.

Training, including the number of days, varies by province. More details on each program can be found on the provincial training pages, or by contacting our office.

Students will be required to complete an online training component prior to attending the classroom sessions.

Kamloops, BC
June 20 - 24, 2022
July 11 - 15, 2022

Download a registration formregister online or contact the association office at 1-855-872-2645 for more information.
Dates to be Announced

Ccontact the association office at 855-872-2650 for more information.

Virtual Classroom
May 16 - 19, 2022
June 6 - 9, 2022

Download a registration form, register online, or contact the association office at 877-489-7471 for more information.  

Manitoba students are being directed to Alberta or Saskatchewan for participation in their training programs at this time.
Contact the association office at 855-872-2659 for more information.  

Provincial/Federal Job Grants Continue to be Available for Training

The Provincial associations have all been receiving training applicants who are being funded by the various federal/provincial job grants that are currently available.  

Funding varies between the provinces, but can be upwards of $10,000 per applicant. Employers may have to pay a portion of the tuition and training must involve more than 24 hours of contact/study.

For more information on the job grants in your province, click on the appropriate link below: 


British Columbia


Manitoba (NEW!) 

Upcoming Industry Events

You can keep up-to-date on industry events on our events pages:

British Columbia
BCWWA'S 50th Annual Conference & Trade Show
May 15 - 17, 2022
Victoria, BC

Customer Service Week
September 3 - 7, 2022

Septic Awareness Week
September 19 - 23, 2022

NOWRA Mega-Conference
October 30 - November 2, 2022
Springfield, MO
World Toilet Day
November 19, 2022

World Soil Day
December 5, 2022

Septic Con
January 27 - 28, 2023
Tacoma, WA


Webinar on Innovative Onsite Wastewater Technologies for residential, commercial, and small community applications

Enviro-STEP Technologies, Enviro-STEP Manitoba and EMCO Waterworks are pleased to invite you to a special webinar presenting innovative onsite wastewater technologies.

This webinar is a unique opportunity to learn about the ELJEN GSF, an advanced septic system used for residential and commercial applications with tens of thousands of installations across Canada and the US and one of the only products tested in cold climate. The ELJEN GSF System is approved by Manitoba Conservation since 2016 with many systems in use.

ELJEN GSF system produces superior performances, is 100% passive, does not require electricity, has no mechanical component and is easy and fast to install. It can be used in any type of soils and gets granted a 25% bed size reduction. It is a cost-effective, long-lasting, and environmental solution for your clients.

The Webinar will also cover several other technologies offered by Enviro-STEP Manitoba specifically developed for larger onsite applications and small communities. Therefore, this Webinar is also a must for any design Engineers involved in small to medium size Wastewater Treatment Projects.

Monday, May 2, 2022
The training session will take place in two parts:
Part 1 (9 AM to 11 AM): Residential Onsite Wastewater: the ELJEN GSF.
Part 2 (11 AM to 12 PM): Commercial and small communities Onsite Wastewater Treatment solutions.

Pre-registration is required.

3 Quick Computer Tips

Save Your Eyes

1. Exercise Your Eyes. Try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, you should look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

2. Blink More. When we use a computer, or any other screen, we tend to blink less often. This dries out our eyes and causes irritation. Put a little effort into blinking more often, or try some dry eyes drops.

3. Put Your Screen in an Optimal Location. Your monitor should be around 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes and a little below eye level. This can help reduce eye strain, and it can help avoid back, neck, and shoulder pain. 

Human Excrement and its Value

We recently came across this very interesting piece of work by Lina Zeldovich.

In this article, Lina discusses how our excrement is a natural, renewable and sustainable resource – if only we can overcome our visceral disgust of it. She recognizes the potential dangers fecal matter can pose, but also how the potent fertilizers left in treated water are flowing into bodies of nearby water (causing algae blooms among other problems), rather than going back into the ground where the food that created that excrement is grown. 

Lina is a journalist and author whose work has appeared in The New York TimesScientific American and Undark, among others. 

Inspirational Message

Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.
          - Dave Willis

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