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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. 

March 7, 1912: Municipal Journal article. Some Principles of Sewerage Design.

March 7, 1912: Municipal Journal article. Some Principles of Sewerage Design. “The report of the Sewerage Commission upon the problem presented by the city of Milwaukee, the general conclusions of which were referred to in our issue of Feb. 29, contains a number of features among its details which are of considerable interest. One of […]

via March 7, 1912: Milwaukee Sewerage Design — This Day in Water History

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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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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.


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March 17, 2015 at 2 PM ET: Online seminar. Scottish Water’s septic tank services for household and business customers who own a private sewage and waste water systems


Scottish Water offers a range of septic tank services available to household and business customers who own a private sewage and waste water system. This presentation will discuss Scottish Water services as well as their public outreach initiatives.

Registration Page : https://wateriswater.adobeconnect.com/e7vz74skx42/event/registration.html?campaign-id=WWEBlog

Scottish Water has a saying: we are always working so the water cycle never stops.

Scottish Water maintains and improves over 30,000 miles of sewer pipes which take waste water away from homes and business premises across Scotland. They then treat this at over 1,800 wastewater treatment works before returning it to the environment.

Scottish Water offers a range of septic tank de-sludging services. These services are available to household and business customers who own a private septic tank which takes standard waste, such as sewage and waste water. We continually aim to deliver a high service level to all our customers. Read on to find out more about our service as well as tips on how to look after your tank and trouble shooting those problems that sometimes come up.

See: http://www.scottishwater.co.uk/business/our-services/septic-tank-emptying/about-septic-tank-emptying

Aiming to promote good environmental practice and Scottish Water is committed to operating their services efficiently and cost-effectively.

There are three levels of service available:

Scheduled Service

When you sign a contract with Scottish Water they will de-sludge your septic tank at agreed intervals. A planned schedule of regular de-sludging services helps to keep customer charges – and their costs – down. This service is charged at the approved rates in operation at the time of each de-sludging service.

Unscheduled Service

If the customer doesn’t want to enter into a contract with Scottish Water, they will de-sludge a septic tank within 5 working days of the request where possible, but may take up to 28 days maximum. This service is more expensive to provide than the scheduled service, so the charges are higher.

Urgent Response Service

If you need your septic tank de-sludged urgently Scottish Water aims to attend within 2 working days of your request where possible. This urgent response service is the most expensive for Scottish Water to provide and this is reflected in the charge.

In 2014, Scottish Water also launched a comprehensive public education and outreach campaign.

See: http://www.scottishwater.co.uk/you-and-your-home/your-home/keep-the-water-cycle-running-smoothly

“Our purpose is to support the protection of public health and the environment through providing high quality affordable drinking water and safely managing society’s waste water. We do this whilst ensuring our services are affordable and support Scotland’s economy.

Water and waste water services that are resilient to change are vital to a sustainable society. Our challenge is to find ways to be increasingly sustainable in how we deliver those services.

Our Sustainability Reports, published on this page, show examples of some of our achievements in supporting a sustainable Scotland.  They also contain our annual Carbon Footprint Reports and, this year, our Biodiversity Report, which we will publish every three years.”

See: http://www.scottishwater.co.uk/about-us/corporate-responsibility/climate-change

Speaker Name: Scott Rodger
Prior Team Leader – Septic Tank Planning Team | Waste Water Operations

– Team Leader (Septic Tank Planning):

Responsible for the management of the septic tank planning service, leading a team of 4 planners, ensuring customer needs are delivered through effective scheduling of work, dealing with escalations and disputes.

– Regulatory Analyst:

Working within Strategy and Economic Regulation, as part of the Policy Team. Leading on corporate consultation process, providing regulatory research, board papers and updates, developing policy and addressing complex policy issues.

Scottish Water is a publicly owned company, responsible to the Scottish Government, find out key facts about us and browse our video gallery here.


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December 27, 1822: Birth of Louis Pasteur

This Day in Water History

1227 Louis PasteurDecember 27, 1822:Birth of Louis Pasteur. “Pasteur was a French chemist and self-taught microbiologist who was one of the most important founders of medical microbiology. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and preventions of diseases. His discoveries reduced mortality from puerperal (or childbed) fever, and he created the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax. His experiments and writings were responsible for the definition of the germ theory of disease. He was best known to the general public for inventing a method to stop milk and wine from causing sickness, a process that came to be called pasteurization. He is regarded as one of the three main founders of microbiology, together with Ferdinand Cohn and Robert Koch.”

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