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Onsite Short Course

Since 2002, NEIWPCC has coordinated and hosted the Northeast Onsite Wastewater Treatment Short Course and Equipment Exhibition. The fifth conference of its kind took place April 5 – 7, 2016, in Taunton, Massachusetts.

The Short Course offers one-stop training for wastewater operators and much more. The training meets requirements for Training Contact Hours and Continuing Education Units.

Thank you to all who were involved in planning this event, and to all of those who attended. It was a productive and informative conference, and we look forward to the next one in 2019!

The 2016 conference presentations are available for viewing as pdf documents in the conference archive.

2016 Conference Overview

A majority of homes in the Northeast are not connected to sewers and may never need this service given the revolution in onsite wastewater treatment. National testing protocols on the newest onsite technology are showing that nitrogen can be reduced to levels that virtually meet drinking water standards. New management programs to support these more advanced systems are also being developed.

So that all environmental professionals in New England could participate in this rapidly changing industry, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), in cooperation with member states, the EPA, and other leaders in the field in the Northeast, worked to bring national experts and internationally recognized scientists from the most respected institutions to New England.

Experts at the 2016 conference focused on onsite sustainability, and what that means moving forward. Research, field testing and community experiences in managing new technologies was also addressed. The Fifth Short Course aimed to provide essential information for all involved with the onsite industry through two days of general and concurrent classroom sessions. An exhibit hall was available which featured the latest in onsite technology, products, and services.

Once again in 2016, we were pleased to offer NOWRA’s Onsite A to Z course as a concurrent session. From the brand new service technician to the seasoned local inspector this course had something for everyone. Participants heard about how wastewater is treated; the differences between various onsite technologies; how to recognize important site considerations; and key factors in collection and management of wastewater for decentralized systems. The Massachusetts Association of Onsite Wastewater Professionals (MAOWP) is the local affiliate of NOWRA and co-sponsored this special training.

In addition, there was an optional field trip to the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center and an Easton Housing Authority special project site location.

Planning Committee

Kristen McQuaide, NEIWPCC; Tom Groves, NEIWPCC; Amanda Clark, CT DPH; Mary Clark, VT DEC; Claire Golden, MassDEP; Mitchell Locker, NH DES; Robert Tardif, NH DES; Mike Moreau, J&R Sales and Service, Inc.; Dan Ottenheimer, Oakson Inc.; Don Mitchell, CEHA; Jeff Polhemus, CEHA

Watch for information on the next Onsite Short Course, tentatively scheduled for spring 2019!