British Columbia

2018 Convention and Trade Show – Meet the Speakers!

The Schedule of Events is building for the upcoming convention and trade show taking place March 1 – 3 2018 at the Kamloops Coast Hotel & Conference Center.

A diverse and interesting group of presenters is being gathered to provide delegates with information on regulatory issues, technical innovations, the newest information in research and interesting and innovative projects that are changing the face of decentralized wastewater.

Don’t miss your opportunity to listen, learn and network at this exciting event!

Keynote Speaker – Wm. Patrick Lucey, B.Sc., B.A. (WD), M.Sc., R.P. Bio., CBiol, MRSB

\"\"Mr. Lucey, the president of Aqua-Tex Scientific Consulting Ltd., is a senior aquatic ecologist with a background in freshwater and marine science, urban and resource management and political science. His specialties are managing water resources that add financial value to development projects and demonstrating how regeneration and enhancement of ecological function can provide cost-savings on infrastructure and result in a healthier environment. He has established a personal reputation as a specialist in design and construction of quality rainwater management systems and is respected by both clients and regulators for his ecologically sound, yet innovative approaches to protecting water resources within urban environments. He is a co-author of a report commissioned by the Province of BC, entitled “Living Water Smart: British Columbia’s Water Plan” which formed the basis for the new Water Sustainability Act.

Patrick supervises graduate students at the University of BC, Royal Roads University, University of South Florida, and the University of Victoria where he conducted research in the Department of Biology for two decades. Mr. Lucey was a Special Advisor to the British Columbia Government on Water Policy, the Climate Change Action Plan and Green Cities Initiative programs, as well as the United State’s Federal Government’s Office of Sustainability, in Washington DC. Mr. Lucey is a Member of the British Royal Society of Biology.

Changing the Conversation: Engineered Ecology – Ecomimicry+ Urban Development & Design

The total effect of human activities on the planet’s ecology rivals that of natural processes, such that a new geological era has emerged – the Anthropocene. Man’s activities are so pervasive we are leaving a geological record – a footprint that whose record will be evident far into the future. While the effects of human technology related activities are not dispersed equally around the planet, the expansion of human populations in the 20th Century, and continuing into the 21st Century, are resulting in serious risks/threats to the health of urban ecosystems. The challenge lies in understanding the risks and threats we have inadvertently created and crafting alternative, financially viable land use activities that reverse historical harm and regenerate ecosystem health – by mimicking nature design principles. This presentation will build on earlier WCOWMA-BC talks, showcasing recent projects and new programs in education and training for design and implementation practitioners. The key to shifting to an ecomimicry + design model lies in understanding that water is the fundamental integrating element, a simple effective metric to measure the success of what each of us does on a daily basis.

Kelly Dayman,AScT, Eng L

\"\"Kelly Dayman is a member of ASTTBC as an Applied Science Technologist and Engineers and Geoscientists BC as an Engineering Licensee. Kelly is the Manager of the Organizational Quality Management program at Engineers and Geoscientists BC. He has over 20 years’ experience in the consulting and manufacturing industries, 10 years of which he has been involved in Quality Management Programs. Kelly is trained as an ISO 9001 Lead Auditor and joined Engineers and Geoscientists BC in 2012 specifically to launch the OQM Program.

Kelly Dayman, AScT., Eng.L. is the manager of the Organizational Quality Management (OQM) program at Engineers and Geoscientists BC, he is the lead auditor for OQM and regularly provides training and practice advice to Engineers and Geoscientists BC members. Kelly has over 20 years experience in the consulting and manufacturing industries, he joined Engineers and Geoscientists BC in 2012 to launch the OQM program.

Engineering/geoscience professionals are required, under bylaw 14(b)(1), to establish and maintain documented quality management processes that include retaining complete project documentation for a minimum of ten (10) years after the completion of a project or ten (10) years after engineering or geoscience documentation is no longer in use.

These obligations apply to engineering/geoscience professionals in all sectors. Project documentation, in this context, includes documentation related to any ongoing engineering or geoscience work, which may not have a discrete start and end, and may occur in any sector.

This webinar will outline the document retention requirements that each member of Engineers and Geoscientists BC must meet as defined in the Quality Management Guidelines – Retention of Project Documentation, and the related policies and procedures that employing organizations must have in place to meet the voluntary OQM certification requirements.

Retaining Your Project Documentation – Keeping Files of Your Filings

Engineering/geoscience professionals are required, under bylaw 14(b)(1), to establish and maintain documented quality management processes that include retaining complete project documentation for a minimum of ten (10) years after the completion of a project or ten (10) years after engineering or geoscience documentation is no longer in use.

These obligations apply to engineering/geoscience professionals in all sectors. Project documentation, in this context, includes documentation related to any ongoing engineering or geoscience work, which may not have a discrete start and end, and may occur in any sector.

This presentation will outline the document retention requirements that each member of Engineers and Geoscientists BC must meet as defined in the Quality Management Guidelines – Retention of Project Documentation, and the related policies and procedures that employing organizations must have in place to meet the voluntary OQM certification requirements.

John Spoelstra, PhD, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo

\"\"Dr. Spoelstra obtained his PhD in 2004 from the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo.  For the past decade, he has been a Research Scientist in a groundwater group with Environment and Climate Change Canada in Burlington, Ontario.  His research includes using novel tracers such as stable isotopes and artificial sweeteners to determine the sources and cycling of contaminants in the aquatic environment.  Dr. Spoelstra also holds an adjunct professor position at the University of Waterloo, where he supervises undergraduate and graduate thesis research in environmental biogeochemistry.

Artificial sweeteners as tracers of septic wastewater in the environment

Artificial sweeteners are common in food, beverage and medicinal products, used to reduce sugar consumption, prevent tooth decay, and control diabetes.  Some artificial sweeteners are not completely broken down in the body, or during wastewater treatment, and are therefore being detected in lakes, rivers, and groundwater around the world.  In urban areas, municipal wastewater treatment plants and leaky sewer systems can be a source of artificial sweeteners to local groundwater and surface water.  In rural areas, domestic wastewater is treated using septic systems that discharge partially treated effluent to the sub-surface for further treatment, making them the primary source of artificial sweeteners in rural groundwater.

The Groundwater Lab at Environment and Climate Change Canada analyzes water samples for four commonly used artificial sweeteners, acesulfame (ACE), cyclamate (CYC), saccharin (SAC), and sucralose (SUC), using ion chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry.  Method detection limits are very low, ranging from 2 to 20 ng/L (parts per trillion) for the individual artificial sweeteners, making it possible to detect wastewater in the environment, even after substantial dilution.

The persistence, mobility, and relatively high concentrations of artificial sweeteners in the environment, particularly ACE, means that these compounds may still be detectable long after other wastewater constituents (e.g. nutrients, pharmaceuticals, pathogens) have been removed or diluted to levels below detection limits.  Artificial sweeteners are a powerful screening tool for identifying streams, lakes and aquifers that are impacted by wastewater and where testing for additional contaminants may be warranted, especially where the water is used for potable water supply.  In addition, in rural areas where groundwater nitrate concentrations are an issue, artificial sweeteners are potentially very useful for apportioning nitrate contributions from septic versus agricultural sources, particularly when combined with nitrate stable isotope analyses.

Jason Bourgeois

\"\"Jason joined the Ministry of Environment’s Environmental Protection Division in Kamloops in 2009.  He has enjoyed various Environmental Section Head roles which have seen him supervising and managing the regulation of hazardous and industrial waste discharges, managing provincial inspections for the compliance section and most recently leading the compliance promotions team.  His education includes a BSc. (Biology, St. Francis Xavier), MSc. (Contaminant Hydrogeology, Memorial), and a LLB (Dalhousie).  His previous work experience includes consulting at the Voisey Bay mine, fisheries research at UNBC and approximately eight years of practicing environmental law.  Originally from Newfoundland, Jason has embraced life in Kamloops and is enjoying all it has to offer him and his young family.

Sharon Bennett, M.Sc.

Sharon has over 10 years of experience working on a variety of environmental and watershed management issues.  She holds a M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia in Resource Management and Environmental Studies focussing on watershed management.  Her past experience includes working with the Sudbury Conservation Authority in Ontario where she assessed threats to drinking water as part of the Drinking Water Source Protection Program under Ontario’s Clean Water Act.   While there, she worked closely with Municipal staff and the local Health Unit to better understand the relationship of septic influences and the occurrence of blue green algae blooms in area lakes.  Sharon has recently joined the BC Ministry of Environment as an Environmental Protection Officer and works on Compliance Promotion.

Promoting Compliance with the Municipal Wastewater Regulation

The BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV) plays an integral role in the establishment of policy and legislation necessary to create and maintain a healthy wastewater industry.  The BC Environmental Management Act (EMA) and the Municipal Wastewater Regulation (MWR) form the two main regulatory instruments in regulating domestic wastewater under the responsibility of ENV.  The MWR establishes the ground rules for wastewater systems that discharge greater than 22.7 m3/day and any direct discharge to water.  In contrast, the Ministry of Health administers the discharge to ground of domestic sewage under the Sewerage System Regulation if under 22.7 m3/day.

Promoting voluntary compliance with provincial policies and regulations ensures a healthy wastewater industry and the environment and communities the industry serves.  The Environmental Protection Division within ENV overseas the authorization and compliance of wastewater discharges which fall under the MWR.  The Compliance Division now includes a promotion team who are responsible for raising awareness of regulatory requirements and educating the public and industry about how to stay in compliance.   The promotion team is also involved in identifying barriers for industry to achieve compliance and creating the supports needed to improve compliance rates.  This presentation will provide insight into how the Environmental Protection Division operates and how the ultimate goal of ensuring wastewater effluent is managed to reduce impacts to the environment.  Recently, there has been an increase in the number of inspections under the MWR, and an audit on Sewage in the NE of BC.  This presentation will also summarize how compliance is assessed, common non-compliances found while inspecting sites registered under the MWR and what happens if non-compliances are found.

Charles Joyner, ASTTBC

\"\"Charles Joyner, AScT, is the Registrar with Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC). His career in technology started with a four-year apprenticeship as a machinist at a heavy machinery manufacturing company in Montreal. Throughout his apprenticeship and journeyman years, Charles studied part-time. Eventually, an opportunity to become a teacher enabled Charles to transition from factory floor to classroom. In so doing, he completed a teaching diploma in vocational education followed by a B.Ed. and M.A. at McGill University. He later went on to complete a PhD in the Philippines. His education and work experience in engineering technology, teaching, education planning and administration in Canada and internationally provided the foundation for his present role as Registrar. He is currently the Chair of the Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) Standards Council, Chair of BC Prior Learning Action Network (BC PLAN) and is on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA).

To be or Not to be Professional

It has been approximately 15 years since British Columbia transitioned from direct involvement regulating onsite wastewater systems to a delegated responsibility model referred to as “Professional Reliance”. Deregulating the onsite wastewater business has had a major impact on the practitioners providing the services and on the public that relies on the professionalism of authorized practitioners. The presentation will provide a summary of the key ingredients in the recipe for being a professional and the role of Applied Science Technologists and Technicians BC (ASTTBC) to protect the public interest.

Gregory Miller, P Eng, LLB

\"\"Gregory S. Miller, P. Eng., LL.B, is a senior partner with Lindsay Kenney LLP a law firm based in Vancouver and Langley, BC.  Greg has extensive experience in the defence of claims against engineers, architects, insurance brokers and other professionals. His focused area of law is professional liability with considerable experience in construction litigation, product liability and insurance coverage issues. Greg is regularly consulted on such matters by Canadian and international liability insurers.

Greg has taught insurance industry and business certification courses for many years and is a frequent lecturer for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. Greg serves as legal counsel to the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia.

Born and raised in British Columbia, Greg obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil Engineering) degree in 1974 from UBC, receiving his designation as a professional engineer in BC in 1976. During his engineering career he was employed in heavy construction and municipal government. In 1985, he obtained a Bachelor of Laws from UBC and was admitted to the BC Bar in 1986.

Legal Responsibilities of ROWPs

What used to be simply a job is now a profession.  Your clients and the public have expectations that you have to meet on every project, every day.  This presentation will discuss what those expectations are and how you can make sure that they are consistently met.

John Kenyon, Dynamic Rescue Systems Inc.

With 35 years of experience in the Municipal Fire Service and over 20 years in program and instructional development, John Kenyon is recognized as an expert in technical rescue and confined space safety programs.

As co-owner of Dynamic Rescue Systems Inc, a technical rescue and confined space rescue service provider, John instructs to industry, fire service and municipal agencies in the development of their confined space programs.

As a Technical Committee member on the CSA Z 1006, Standard for the Management of Work in Confined Spaces and involved in a number of training manuals for rescue services, Johns experience brings a hands-on approach to dealing with all of the requirements and responsibilities that need to be achieved for work being done in confined spaces.

A charismatic speaker, John has presented at many safety conferences throughout North America.  He brings an understanding of the due diligence required for safely working in confined spaces.

Dealing with Confined Spaces

All of the confined spaces associated to waste water treatment systems propose significant risk to those that work with them.

There are many reported fatalities regarding septic systems reported and the regulations and standards are developed with the intent to prevent this.

This presentation will help the attendees to deal with the issues and responsibilities that are established, which include, the written program, assessments, training, and equipment.

During this presentation the requirements for confined space entry will be addressed as well as the provision for rescue that needs to be addressed.

Amanda Anderson, Interior Health

\"\"Amanda Anderson is a Soil Specialist for Interior Health in Kelowna. Her position specializes in environmental management and on-site sewerage. Amanda has spent the last 8 years in Health Protection as an Environmental Health Officer. She has worked as both a generalist and meat-focused EHO, and the Agency Liaison for Emergency Response in the Okanagan. Amanda is currently working on her M.Sc. in Environment & Management, through Royal Roads University. Her thesis is on the Risk of Exposure to Heavy Metals in Urban Garden Soils. In the little free time she has, she enjoys yoga, hiking, travel, gardening and learning new languages (currently learning Spanish).

Subdivision Referrals and Soils Information

Interior Health promotes the sustainable development of land with particular interest in ensuring drinking water safety and appropriate sewage disposal. Subdivision referrals from Approving Officers for lots less than 5 acres (2.02 ha) are reviewed by Interior Health. An overview of the applicable legislation, certain stakeholder roles and responsibilities in the subdivision process are reviewed. The Subdivision Report Criteria for Authorized Person are emphasized as the type of information required for the comprehensive report and site plan from the Authorized Person for the assessment of each lot related to a suitable primary and reserve Type 1 trench dispersal area, that when used for on-site sewerage disposal will not create a health hazard and drinking water sources are protected.

Kent Watson, B Sc

\"\"Kent Watson obtained his BSc. in Geology from UBC in 1974.  He became a research assistant in the UBC Faculty of Forestry in 1973 and from there completed his MSc. in Agriculture through the Department of Soils Science in 1977.  He specialized in Remote Sensing, Range Ecology and Soil Classification.  He taught at UBC from 1975 – 1979 both as a Teaching Assistant and Sessional instructor in the Faculty of Forestry.  He was hired at Cariboo College in 1986 as a part time instructor and became full time in 1996.  He began teaching soil science in 1994 at now Thompson Rivers University.  In 1997 he produced his first manual on describing soils in the field.  This was revised and published as a field guide “Soils Illustrated – Field Descriptions” in 2007 and revised in 2009.  He is a member of the Canadian Society of Soil Science and is actively involved with the Pedology Soils Sub Committee.  He has been invited by the CSSS to write a chapter in the upcoming revision of the Canadian System of Soil Classification.  That work, to be completed in 2013, will be modeled after his Soils Illustrated field guide.  Kent is a firm believer that field work is essential.  In this regard he has volunteered over the last four summers with other BC soil scientists in delivering soil one week long field courses to university graduate and undergraduate students and professionals.  Kurt has extensive soil teaching (classroom and field) experience with various organizations and institutions within BC.

Advanced Site Evaluation – From Soils Evaluation to Hydrogeologic Implications

The understanding of soil and the movement of effluent through it is critical in onsite wastewater management.  Designers planning onsite systems need to understand soils classification and hydrogeological movement and their interconnected relationships to ensure proper design.  If not fully understood, the implications in wastewater management can be extensive and costly.  Knowing what you don’t know is the cornerstone in avoiding costly problems.

How soils develop, factors of soil formation and processes are introduced to set the stage.  Discussion on how water moves through soil will be followed by a brief overview of the Canadian System of Soils Classification.  The ten Canadian soil orders will be reviewed with specific attention to limiting horizons and their relationship to wastewater management.  Soil elements such as horizon designations, depths, texture, structure, colour and consistency, and their effect on hydrology will also be reviewed.  These critical planning variables will be described in detail and where possible, related back to orders, formation and processes.  To wrap up, updated research on smectite clay will be introduced.  The problem with shrink-swell (smectite) clay appears bigger in the onsite industry than previously realized.

Participant exercises will be included to enhance the take-away design tools presented.  Participants will understand how to calculate texture, COLE results, determine soil structure and the limiting and restricted layers, and vertical separation.  Use of the effluent loading rate chart to confidently select hydraulic and linear loading rates will be reviewed.  Subsequently, participants will understand the hydrological challenges of the soil with respect to site constraints.


The HeartMath program delivers effective skills to respond dynamically to stress and emotional challenge. Simple breathing techniques build heart resilience and coherence. These skills balance the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual domains. When we are in coherence we build resilience. Coherence occurs when the “heart, mind, emotions and body are all working in sync.” “Resilience is the capacity to prepare for, recover from and adapt in the face of stress, challenge or adversity” (HeartMath Institute, 2014).

Colin Boog

\"ColinColin Boog has worked as a consultant for over 20 years.  One of his first introductions to wastewater treatment and biosolids management was with the Project Engineering Department of the Greater Vancouver Regional District.  The experience was excellent and led him to meeting one of the owners of Bionest Technologies, one of Canada’s largest companies singularly focussed on wastewater treatment.

Colin has enjoyed successfully introducing Bionest to Western Canada and has developed a solid reputation for working collaboratively with other wastewater professionals to design, implement, and maintain very successful and environmentally sensitive systems for both residential and commercial applications.  Mr. Boog is proud to be working throughout BC with people who are committed to getting systems properly designed, installed professionally and working to protect the environment.

Sizing, Building and Maintaining Grease Traps

This presentation will take a look at planning, constructing and maintaining grease traps. Frequently asked questions will be addressed, such as sizing, best locations for installation, best practices for construction and maintenance requirements.

To Fill or Not To Fill

This presentation is an opportunity to review and offer thought provoking ideas on the pros and cons of filling septic tanks and ATUs before they begin service.

Michael Payne, P Eng, P Bio

\"\"Michael Payne is a professional engineer and hydrogeologist.  He is a provincially-recognized expert on soil infiltration and soil-based treatment of sewage.  Over the last 20 years his company, Payne Engineering Geology, has evaluated sites and completed designs for 200 wastewater drainfields serving a total of more than 6,000 homes.

Michael was co-author of BC’s first Standard Practice Manual, as well as SPM V3.  Michael pioneered the use of the borehole permeameter for wastewater systems in BC.  He is also one of the three primary authors of the new APEGBC practice guideline for onsite sewage systems, and has been appointed as an expert witness for disciplinary enquiries relating to engineering onsite sewage systems.

Onsite Sewage Success and Failure, Based on Groundwater Monitoring

This talk describes three studies of the effects of onsite sewage systems on water quality in “the urban fringe”.

Each study provides a unique snapshot of shallow groundwater quality in one region. The studies helped evaluate the long-term reliability of onsite sewage systems, at a regional and neighbourhood scale.

These studies identified onsite system successes and failures, and highlighted important factors affecting groundwater quality, including lot size, housing density, and water table depth. Regional district planners and engineers used the results to help select cost-effective solutions in the growing urban fringes of Vancouver Island cities.

Septic Systems and GARP – Groundwater at Risk of Pathogens

This presentation will examine a 2008 court case, how the judge in that case considered the question of “a probable source of contamination” by viruses, and how this relates to the 2015 Guidance manual for GARP.

Bryer Manwell M.Sc., P.Eng.

\"\"Bryer holds a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a Professional Engineer registered with APEGBC. Ms. Manwell has over ten years of experience as an engineer/ hydrogeologist specializing in the study of ground and surface water interaction and water quality and quantity-related investigations.

She has designed and evaluated environmental monitoring programs to assess potential impact on the receiving environment at dozens of landfill and wastewater disposal sites within the interior of B.C. Her master’s thesis involved investigating the effects of groundwater and surface water dynamics on non-point source contaminant migration within the Elbow River watershed, east of Calgary, Alberta. Bryer is proficient at water quality evaluation and has conducted groundwater under the direct influence of surface water (GWUDI) assessments. She has also developed several aquifer and wellhead source water protection plans.

Currently she manages the environmental monitoring programs for nine landfills within the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) (five sites) and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) (four sites). She also manages the groundwater monitoring networks at eight sites in the Columbia Shuswap Regional District along with several other sites throughout the interior.

Further, she is currently performing a land-use and water quality assessments at Swan Lake for the Regional District of North Okanagan and along the Coldstream Creek for the Okanagan Basin Water Board. Bryer was a member of the core groundwater team who completed the groundwater resources assessment for the Okanagan Basin Water Board Groundwater Study.

Keeping BC Shorelines Pristine – Onsite Wastewater Nutrient Removal – Understanding the Quality of Wastewater Effluent Leaving Treatment Plants and Options for In-ground Treatment, Near Lakes

Type 2 and Type 3 Advanced Wastewater Treatment Systems allow for increased hydraulic loading rates; which, even if designed according to provincial standard practices, can, in some hydrogeological settings, still create effluent plumes into surface waters. These plumes can contain nutrients (nitrate and phosphorus) along with pathogens that can impact aquatic life and create nuisance algae on the substrate of the shorelines of our beautiful British Columbian lakes and streams. The presence of nuisance algae in the foreshore waters, adjacent to lake-front property can influence our perception of the lake water quality and land value.

There are Performance Objectives for Engineers in the EGBC Guidelines for Onsite Sewerage Systems.  However, no provincial standard exist to treat for nutrient from onsite wastewater system. Discussions with Regional Districts, regarding further requirements for nutrient removal near lakes continues. As a follow-up to last year’s talk, this year I will present on the efforts which have been made over the past year to quantify the quality of effluent leaving wastewater treatment plants. Specifically, preliminary data from evaluating the BioCyle™ wastewater treatment plant and others be presented. Further, efforts to develop in-ground treatment schemes which utilize engineered materials and plants, as an option to help reduce nitrate from onsite water effluent, will be discussed.

Garth Millan. ROWP Installer & Maintenance Provider

\"\"Garth is the owner of JAB Site & Wastewater Solutions Ltd, based on Hornby Island, but work son Hornby Island, Denman Island, and in Comox Valley. He is an Installer and Maintenance Provider.

Garth started doing minor repairs on septic & well water systems about 20 years ago. In 2005 he took the courses, found out how much he did not know, and hasn’t looked back. Most of Garth’s work is maintenance and minor repair work. During the first 5 years of certification, Garth completed about 4 installations annually, under the direction of a Hydro-Geologist, expanding his knowledge of soils and dealing with complicated setbacks and other restrictions.

Garth deals with a variety of manufacturers, and has attended many educational seminars provided by these same manufacturers. Garth is a firm believer in Continued Professional Development.

Garth was elected to the Board of WCOWMA BC in 2012 and today continues to support the association in his role as President and hopes to continue as a Board member as long as he is needed. Garth intends to become more involved in the training and certification of new ROWPs to help replace many of those who are fast approaching the “golden years”.

Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance…

Maintenance is the important third leg on the onsite wastewater stool. Equally important as planning and installing, maintenance is often overlooked. This
presentation will review various maintenance situations and provide troubleshooting and best practice tips.

Barry Rumsey

\"\"Barry Rumsey was educated in the Province of BC and subsequently joined and served with the Canadian Military, British Columbia Dragoons and was stationed twice to the European theatre.  From the Canadian Military, Barry went on to obtain a Diploma in Forest Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  Upon his graduation and after obtaining work experience in Forestry, Barry joined the RCMP and was stationed throughout Canada.  Upon retiring from the RCMP, Barry started in the sewage industry in 1995, obtaining his certifications through BCOSSA and BCWWA.  He created BioHarmony Inc, which is a company that sells, installs and maintains sewage treatment systems ranging from Septic, Type 1, 2 and 3, as well as commercial systems.  With over 20 years in the design, installation and maintenance of sewerage systems, this time has provided a wealth of knowledge with respect to the issues related to these three subjects.

Septic Sense for Homeowners

Barry will unveil WCOWMA-BC’s homeowner education program.  Proper operation and maintenance is critical to the sustainability of onsite wastewater systems.  Once the planning and installation are complete, the responsibility for the functionality and life of an onsite wastewater systems falls to the homeowner. Educating homeowners about the how their system works and the need for proper maintenance helps to ensure the reputation, professionalism and sustainability of the onsite wastewater systems, while helping protect the environment and public health. 

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