Water & Decentralized Wastewater Knowledge Exchange Forum

One location – great exchange of ideas, information and help

Are you paying for rain?

Inflow And Infiltration : Budget friendly options for control 
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 2:00:00 PM EDT – 3:15:00 PM EDT Time: 2 PM ET (1PM CT, Noon MT, 11am PT)
Presenters: Michael Farruggia and Kate Bleyer
Parson Environmental Products, Inc. P.O. Box 4474, Reading, PA 19606
A Telephone Bridge will be made available for audio but Voice Over Internet [through your computer or smart device] speakers is preferred.

It is an obvious statement – a pint pot can’t be forced to hold a gallon of liquid!
When unintended water finds its way into a sanitary sewer, or storm water, collection systems the results can be both messy and catastrophic. Property owners experience damage and contamination. System owners are often faced with expensive repairs and/or environmental clean up costs.
An SSO [sanitary sewer overflow] reportable event does not make many managers list of favorite things to do on a Monday morning!
Learn More and Register Here!


Creative Uses of Clean Water Funding for Drinking Water Benefits.

Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Time: 1:00 to 2:30pm (eastern), 10:00 to 11:30am (pacific) REGISTER HERE On August 29, ASDWA will host a Clean Water Act – Safe Drinking Water Act (CWA-SDWA) webinar entitled, “Creative Uses of Clean Water Funding for Drinking Water Benefits.” The purpose of the webinar is to build on the efforts […]

via Register Now for the ASDWA CWA-SDWA Webinar: Creative Uses of Clean Water Funding for Drinking Water Benefits — ASDWA’s Source Water News

Small Communities? BIG options ~ no water ‘wasted’ here!

Small Communities? BIG options ~ no water ‘wasted’ here!

Also available on our YouTube Channel – watch the recording here but the Download Resources can only be accessed at the actual event link above.

Small Communities? BIG options ~ no water ‘wasted’ here!

Small Communities? BIG options ~ no water ‘wasted’ here!

Jennifer Cisneros, Director Bio-Microbics. [Recently a recipient of the Manufacturing Institute’s 5th annual “STEP Ahead” Awards Recognize Women for Excellence in Manufacturing]

Never has it been more important to radically rethink how we view, use and reuse water.

WasteWaterEducation.org presents the Earth Month Tuesday@2 online series “Earthy Matters!”

When the first Earth Day took place in April 1970 it was a reaction to a time when air and water quality was a national disgrace. Has it really been 47 years? How far have we really come?

Throughout the US, North America and even across the ‘Pond’ in the UK, many small communities struggle to pay for decent sanitation systems and services using conventional designs. Come hear how these communities have found a real solution without dilution!

Engineered to fit most treatment capacities, communities showcased provide advanced wastewater treatment options over conventional sewer.

Tuesday@2 is a regularly hosted public education series provided at no charge by WasteWaterEducation.org

It’s purpose is to focus on environmentally sound wastewater, and water reuse, systems and processes and to provide working, real life case studies that can be replicated elsewhere. The only requirement to attend is an internet connection and sound via VOIP – this event will be recorded for future access. We provide access to resources and information at WasteWaterEducation.org

Bio-Microbics Company Profile:
Many people believe water supply will be one of the major environmental and infrastructure issues of the next 50 years.

With water supplies increasingly strained, communities are looking for new ways to develop and manage water resources locally. While cities have begun to deploy on-site water programs to treat and reuse water for irrigation, toilet flushing, and cooling, scaling of these systems has been stymied due to a number of institutional and regulatory barriers.

Bio-Microbics specializes in the design of alternative onsite treatment systems, wastewater collection, and dispersal systems to serve remote, rural or non urban areas and communities. Most of these locations can’t access or afford to connect to regional sewer lines. Bio-Microbics successful decentralized wastewater treatment system designs function under often atypical, challenging conditions. Projects that result in water reuse or the preservation of the natural environment are ideal for Bio-Microbics wastewater designs, which include gravity systems, pressure or STEP sewers, and multiple advanced treatment technologies. Bio-Microbics pre-engineered, prepackaged systems offer tremendous benefits to property owners and the environment. Through an analysis of project conditions, plus construction and life-cycle assessment, we recommend the technology and installation approach that will best serve water, greywater, wastewater, and/or stormwater treatment needs.

Bio-Microbics experience in solving unique wastewater challenges for clients includes cultivating positive relationships with regulators and a thorough understanding of each site’s natural environmental attributes. While providing free design and system sizing at a project’s front end, Bio-Microbics, Inc. ensures their systems are fully customized to accommodate the particular supply and demand variability in place.

Water reuse provides a holistic approach to reusing water that would normally disappear to the sewer. In fact, in some building types, over 90% of the water for flushing toilets, irrigation and cooling tower make-up, could come from a non-potable source. A guiding Bio-Microbics principal in the design of wastewater dispersal systems is to return the treated water onsite or close to the point of origin for aquifer recharge.

Small community? You have BIG options!

Like Phoenix from the ashes … Tuesday@2 April 11, 2017

Why should a wastewater education organization care about trees?

Register Here and Find Out …..

Because ….

  • A fully mature redwood, pine, maple, ash tree is a water engine: taking in greenhouse gasses and giving us back oxygen; moving vast quantities of water vapor throughout our planetary weather systems.
  • As a result of changing climate, invasive insect parasites have increased their range, decimating millions of trees.
  • Setting up the tinder dry conditions which have lead to devastating wild fires worldwide but notably here in the US (in Tennessee and California) and in Canada (Fort McMurray)
  • Though fire is an essential, natural, element of forest rebirth – fires on this scale take a terrible toll on wildlife, soils, air quality, water quality, the economy but most of all on human life.
  • Regardless of your belief in what caused this – it will take human intervention to try to address and mitigate the consequences. 
  • Testing the possibilities of reusing the remains of dead trees as a means to remediate soils and waters is what wastewater treatment is all about.

Tuesday, 2 PM ET, April 11, 2017: 

What is ‘biochar’? REGISTER HERE

What would 1 Gigaton annual carbon sequestration look like?

James Gaspard, CEO at Biochar Now, LLC, will be the guest to explain. Simply put, biochar is a highly adsorbent, specially-produced charcoal originally used as a soil amendment. Made under specific conditions, not only can it increase soil fertility but it can also sequester carbon and  bind phosphorus and toxic metals to remediate polluted waters. Like a Phoenix from the ashes, biochar reuses timber destroyed by insect infestations. 

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Community Septic System Owners Guide Tool

Community Septic System Owners Guide graphic

There are still seats available for

March 31, 2016, ( 2-4pm ET; 1-3pm CT; 11am – 1pm PT) 

and again on

April 13, 2016 ( 2-4pm ET; 1-3pm CT; 11am – 1pm PT)

We invite you to this free event to hear how the Community Septic System Owners Guide Tool was developed and see an interactive demonstration of the web interface.

Many onsite wastewater systems serve clusters of homes through a shared ‘community’ system which obviously requires additional management. Delivering proper system management is key to ensuring cost-effective and long-term wastewater treatment for both new development and existing communities.

The University of Minnesota’s Onsite Sewage Treatment Program and its national partners  (including WasteWater Education 501c3) received a NIFA grant to develop a customizable Community System Owner’s Guide (CSOG) which can be developed using a web browser. Any individual can produce an expert-driven and locally-customized manual (electronic or hard-copy) CSOG for any cluster septic system in America.

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Take a trip back in time ….. or fast forward to the future?

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Archaeology of Portus: Exploring the Lost Harbour of Ancient Rome

[Archaeology of Portus: Exploring the Lost Harbour of Ancient Rome]

Think Roman!  For concrete that is!

Starting June 15, a free online course by the University of Southampton and FutureLearn will explore the magnificent harbor construction skills of Roman engineering by looking at Portus. Portus, and the earlier Caesarea, are a testament to the endurance of marine hardening concrete.

Why is this of interest to wastewater people? Because of the ingredients in Roman concrete and the possibility of being both environmentally sustainable and remediating coal ash piles.

EPA WaterSense H2Otel Challenge

The Romans were masters of ‘watersense’!  The movement of water from A to B was engineered to perfection – and here we are, in the 21st. Century, building on the shoulders of giants.

As we all gear up for Summer, at last!, for many of us that means enjoying a vacation and letting someone else clean the bathroom and do the laundry. And for the hospitality industry this is the time to be looking at ways to cut costs for power and water consumption – enter the EPAWaterSense H2Otel Challenge!

Jay Mantri

Romans and bathing – the concept of water and recreation!  It’s a given, if you think about Roman history, the image that might come to mind is of their splendid baths.

Is access to clean, safe water a fundamental human right here in the US? Or is the concept of environmental justice just an illusion for far too many?

Today sees the public release of EPA’s EJSCREEN, a powerful environmental justice screening and mapping tool that uses high resolution maps combined with demographic and environmental data to identify places with potentially higher environmental burdens and vulnerable populations. EJSCREEN’s simple to understand color-coded maps, bar charts, and reports enable users to better understand areas in need of increased environmental protection, health care access, housing, infrastructure improvement, community revitalization, and climate resilience. You can access the tool by visiting https://www2.epa.gov/ejscreen

You can also watch a webinar with an overview and demonstration of the tool on EPA’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_3LcYpALAQ.


Rome wasn’t built in a day! Neither was the good health and water infrastructure we have grown accustomed to here in the US. And for that we should thank the largely unsung heroes of our local and state public health departments.

We are proud to be members of NEHA, National Environmental Health Association and to be presenting 4 sessions at the July 13-15 AEC. 

Every day brings new challenges, the reemergence of old enemies and the increased awareness of new. To quote a CDC official, “there’s always a new bug on the horizon”.

WasteWater Education has a saying, we aren’t in the wastewater business, we’re in the safe drinking water business – the two go hand in hand, just like the public and environmental health departments all across the USA.

If you can’t attend this year’s AEC in Orlando, you can follow along via the web, Facebook or Twitter – NEHA, your connection to good health.