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SOP Update Training Registration Information
Have a Site for a Soils Day?
Computer Tip
Septic Awareness Week
Site & Soils Days in BC
Site & Soils Days in SK
Site & Soils Days in MB
Training Opportunities in AB
Applying for a Permit in the Saskatoon Area
Stay Hydrated
Upcoming Training Events
Events Calendar
...and more!
Our offices will be closed on July 1st for Canada Day.
We wish you and yours a safe and healthy weekend.
We will reopen on Monday, July 4th.

Do You Have a Site? 

Are you waiting to get your certification and have a site you need to complete? Or do you just have a site and are willing to host a workshop there? 
We can host a site and soils field day or an installation workshop. 
Contact us to set something up. There's no cost to you!

Homeowner Newsletter

The summer edition of our homeowner newsletter was distributed to homeowners across Western Canada this month.

If you'd like to view it, or share it with your clients, you can find it here

Website Changes Forthcoming

WCOWMA and its provincial chapters are undergoing some long-overdue updates to our websites. The website build is coming along nicely and we will be moving from the ‘construction’ phase to the ‘editing’ phase in the next couple of weeks.

Once the sites are fully reconstructed, they will be made live. We are very excited about the coming changes, which should provide a better interface and a more satisfactory user experience for both members and the general public. The new website will feature enhanced member resources as well as an expanded homeowner section. 

Requests for Information on Failed Systems

As is normal now that the season is starting, we are beginning to hear from homeowners and/or their advocates about failed systems and other issues.

The provincial associations look into these inquires, and provide our recommendation, as well as the information for qualified persons who can assist. 

Applying for a Permit in the Saskatoon Area

The Saskatoon office of the Saskatchewan Health Authority released a letter on June 10, 2022 regarding the Onsite Wastewater Disposal Guide, November 2018.

The information in the letter is pertinent to all contractors who design and install onsite wastewater systems in Saskatchewan as they are all operating under the same provincial regulatory framework.

Please ensure you have read and understand the letter. 

Download the letter now.

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. 
Scholarship Application Period Open

The Alf Durnie Education and Research Scholarship Fund was developed in memory of Alf Durnie, Technical Administrator, Private Sewage Systems (Chief Inspector), Province of Alberta.

Alf’s work focused on the private sewage discipline from 1996 to September 2016. He led the development of technical standards for private sewage systems, the development and implementation of programs for the management of onsite systems and provided interpretation of standards. Alf led the development of the Alberta Private Sewage Systems Standard of Practice and its supporting handbook, which substantially improved the quality and standard of onsite wastewater treatment and dispersal in the Province of Alberta. The success of the process and extensive stakeholder input used in developing the standard and handbook was recognized by a Premier’s Award of Excellence.

Alf has made many contacts across Canada and was recognized provincially, nationally and internationally as a subject matter expert in onsite wastewater management. He was a leader in the effort to establish a National Canadian Standards for Onsite Sewage Systems.

Alf worked closely with the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts & Counties as they developed a Model Process for the Consideration of Subdivisions that Rely on Private Sewage Systems. He often dealt with issues involving land use and planning in municipalities as they relate to wastewater management.

In the course of his work life, Alf served on and chaired many committees addressing onsite wastewater issues including rainwater recapture and wastewater recapture and reuse.

The Alf Durnie Education and Research Scholarship Fund will be directed towards:

a) Students who are enrolled and accepted in a post-secondary program or are within the returning years of their respective full-time programs. Preference will be given to applicants who are enrolled in programs that will benefit the onsite wastewater industry. Some examples of qualifying programs are: Environmental Studies, Public Health Enforcement, Wastewater Treatment, Civil Engineering, Plumbing, Water Technology, Soils Science (Agrology), Onsite Wastewater or a Heavy Equipment Construction Program.

b) Graduate students engaged in research focused on onsite wastewater treatment and dispersal, environmental management, hydrogeology or a related research topic

The Alberta Onsite Wastewater Management Association (AOWMA) is sponsoring one annual education and research scholarship award to support students who are enrolled in a post-secondary program and are within the returning years of their respective fulltime programs.
The value of the annual scholarship is:
  • University Award $2000
  • College or Technical School/Technical Program Award: $1500
Learn more here.

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.

Environmental Farm Plan Program

The AB Environmental Farm Plan Program is reviewing their technical content and are looking for technical experts to assist. This helps the EFP stay current and credible. The AOWMA is assisting in the review of the Management of Household Wastewater chapter.

Update From ASTTBC

ASTTBC has updated their jurisprudence exam, and it is now ready for people applying to their ROWP stamp. 

For more information, please contact ASTTBC

SK Site & Soils Day

The SOWMA is hosting a Site & Soils Evaluation Field Day in the Saskatoon Region on Thursday, July 28, 2022. 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 on-site. Experienced designers and installers should also consider this opportunity to continue their education. 

Register Online | Download Registration Form

MB Site & Soils Day

The MOWMA is hosting a Site & Soils Evaluation Field Day on July 18th, 2022. 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 on-site. Experienced designers and installers should also consider this opportunity to continue their education. 

Download Registration Form

Alberta SOP Update Opportunities 

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). 

July 27-28, 2022 | Virtual Classroom
August 18-19, 2022 | Virtual Classroom

Register now
More in-person classes are coming soon!

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

AB Site & Soils Day

The AOWMA hosted a Site & Soils Evaluation Field Day in Two Hills on June 27th. We had a smaller group of students, allowing for more time with instructor, Dan Morris. A big thank you to our hosts, Len Nadurak and Toni Sime.

The AOWMA also hosted a Site & Soils Evaluation Field Day in Warner County on Friday, June 10th. This was another small class of only 10, led by Daniel Morris. Besides the crazy windy day, it was a great site with interesting soil test pits and everyone learned a lot. All the students in attendance used this soils day to complete their Onsite Wastewater Practitioner training.

These workshops are a great opportunity to get hands-on experience evaluating a site, as well as, practicing hand texturing and sampling. Future sessions will be listed on our website

Additional photos have been posted to our Facebook page.
(Click to view the Warner County or Two Hills albums.)

AB Onsite Wastewater Practitioner Training

The AOWMA has seen approximately 60 students go through our practitioner training since the beginning of this year. 

Our next session is open for registration, and you can sign up here.

July 19 – 22 & August 9 – 12, 2022 | Virtual Classroom

BC Site & Soils Day

So far this year, WCOWMA-BC has hosted three site and soil evaluation field days: Courtenay, Kamloops, and Scotch Creek. Over 45 students have attended these sessions. 

These training workshops provide information on assessing soil structure and texture, assessing site conditions and constraints, logging information and applying that knowledge to the design of onsite systems.

Ready to participate? Sign up for our next workshop today. 

July 11, 2022 | Okanagan Region, BC

Register Online | Download Registration Form

Septic Sense Workshops

The AOWMA has held 7 Septic Sense Workshops so far in 2022, with additional ones scheduled. 

WCOWMA is holding Septic Awareness Week from September 19 - 23. There will be workshops across all of the western provinces, so stay tuned for more details! 

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.

Dates to be Announced

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
July 19 - 22, 2022
August 9 - 12, 2022

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
International Conference On Water And Environmental Sciences
August 5 - 6, 2022

Septic Awareness Week
September 19 - 23, 2022

Customer Service Week
October 3 - 7, 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

February 20 - 23, 2023
Indianapolis, IN

WCOWMA-BC Convention & Trade Show
March 2 - 4, 2023
Nanaimo, BC

Stay Hydrated

It’s important to stay hydrated in the hot weather. Freezing water bottles, or popping a few ice cubes in a wide-mouth bottle, is a great go-to, but if you are getting tired of plain water and want to shake things up, give infused water a try!

If you’ve ever added a bit of lemon to your water, you’ve already taken your first step. This refreshing twist on water packs a bit more wow-factor, giving you the energy you need to keep going. Pack them in a reusable water bottle, or try an insulated thermos and add a few ice cubes.

Start Simple.
Add some slices of cucumber in your water and let it sit. Cucumber is high in nutrients, and contains antioxidants. It has a simple taste and it a great go-to for those new to infusing water.
Strawberry water is sweeter, but also a great simple recipe. Wash the berries, cut off the tops, and then slice the strawberries up and add them to your water bottle.
Step it Up.
Here are a few taste combinations to try:
· Strawberry, Basil and Lemon
· Watermelon, Kiwi, and Lime
· Apricot, Raspberry, Mint
· Orange, Lime

There’s no end to the combinations you can make. Play with the ratios, and how long you let the fruit infuse the water. The most important part? Stay hydrated!
Did you know? You can eat the fruit after infusing the water! It might not taste as good, but there’s nothing wrong with it. As the fruit infuses with the water, it loses some of its flavor and absorbs more water.
Pro-tip: Add your ingredients long before you want to drink it. Try the night before, or pop the fruit into the bottle in the morning for a refreshing post-lunch beverage.

Computer Tip

Need to delete a whole word or two? There's no need to hold down the backspace button, or keep tapping it. If you need to delete one whole word, hold down CTRL and Backspace simultaneously.  To delete multiple words, hold down the CTRL button and continue to tap on the Backspace button until you’ve deleted everything that needs to go away.

Inspirational Message

“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it - then I can achieve it.”
                -  Muhammad Ali

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