Category Archives: Decentralized Systems

Toward a Michigan Sanitary System Administrative Code

WasteWater Education was invited to speak to the Michigan Resource Stewards in Clare, MI on September 10, 2019.

Following the collapse of the 2018 attempt to force legislation, we have continued to build partnerships and work toward a better, more open and transparent consensus process.

Here is the presentation we provided both as a PDF and slide presentation.


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Greater Lakes: A Practical Guide to Implementing Integrated Water Resources Management & the Role of Green Infrastructure.


Greater Lakes: Reconnecting the Great Lakes Water Cycle is pleased to release A Practical Guide to Implementing Integrated Water Resources Management & the Role of Green Infrastructure.

Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. developed this guide for our project. Its aim is to help municipalities that are considering implementing integrated water resources management to gain an understanding the value of and what is involved in creating an IWRM plan. The Guide provides a description of the planning steps to go through, a summary of the type of information that should be considered, and a series of questions that can guide a municipality to a logical position.  The guide puts a particular focus on the role of green infrastructure in IWM. The Guide can be found on the Greater Lakes project at

We’d appreciate feedback on any use that you make of this Guide.
Please share this Guide with others who you think may be interested and put a link to it on your website.
We have just released a reporting entitled “Making Cents from Integrated Water Management: Financial Considerations for Municipalities Related to Water Conservation and Green Infrastructure” Thanks to all of you for the comments you made on the first draft. The report is available at
Greater Lakes Green Infrastructure Optimization Tool
This on-line tool was developed for the Greater Lakes project by Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. to generate stormwater runoff volumes, identify the surface areas needed to manage those volumes and then compare the costs of various green management practices to manage the predicted volume. The estimates from the Greater Lakes Green Infrastructure Optimization Tool are for scoping and comparison purposes, and are intended to identify potential retention volumes. Once a management practice approach is selected, there are other tools/calculators that can provide more precision in the estimates prior to proceeding to final design. The results allow the user to make informed decisions, including cost comparisons with traditional detention basin systems when making stormwater management decisions. The on-line tool is available at    

Please let us know if you have any questions on the tool and, above all, let us know how it works for you when you try it out. Please share this tool with your colleagues.
The detailed report on ecological impacts in the six communities we focused on and detail on green infrastructure methods and the projects we conducted in some of those municipalities:

John Jackson
17 Major Street
Kitchener N2H 4R1

Online demonstration of Community Septic System Owners Guide


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

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

Or 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.  

WasteWater Education welcomes Craig H. Lindell as Guest Author

Craig Lindell is a highly respected engineer and innovative thinker who consistently addresses how we need to re-think how we address sanitation issues and development both here in the US and overseas.

21629efLindell is a founding principal and former CEO of Aquapoint Inc. Aquapoint is focused on the design, implementation and operating of advanced wastewater treatment, including nutrient removal and reuse, for residential commercial industrial and municipal clients. It has also been an industry leader in designing distributed approaches to infrastructure.

The distributed approach enables communities to design infrastructure to reduce water, energy and nutrient foot prints, align the supply of infrastructure with demand, generate capital and create jobs and often pay for itself.

“Black Tie Septic Selfie” for SepticSmart week!



We constantly hear the negative stories about septic service providers but all professions have their bad apples? The vast majority of onsite service providers and decentralized industry people are decent hard working and take their environmental and public health ethic seriously. They are also small business owners who go out of their way to support their communities. I have yet to meet one who hasn’t at some time provided a repair or pump out from their own pocket because they know the property owner is going through tough times.
As it’s SepticSmart Week in September we thought this would be a great opportunity to not just educate the public, and their elected officials, about the profession and technologies, but also about the people who work in it and for it!


As Eric Casey of NOWRA says: “I totally agree. People that work in this business are the backbone of what makes our country so strong. They’ve built businesses, care about what they do, contribute to the community and, if they are a service provider, rarely get to celebrate holidays because they are always out helping their neighbors who don’t seem to understand that their large family gathering is going to overtax their septic system.. I very much support what you are trying to do and will keep out an eye for what you develop.”

September 22-26, 2104 is EPA’s SepticSmart Week. Not only is this an opportunity to learn more about the role of onsite wastewater as a public and environmental health infrastructure service, but it’s also an opportunity to see how educated, community spirited and conscientious service providers are! This idea to combine charitable giving with good maintenance visits came from a Michigan hauler. We encourage you to ‘get your black tie on’ and dress up smart for SepticSmartWeek!


Then email, Tweet, LinkedIn Post, Pinterest, Facebook your
‘Black Tie Septic Service Run Selfie’
to us and we will spread the word about your classy commitment to excellence! Plus we’ll post it here too as a slideshow!

Where Can I Get More Training? | Green Infrastructure | US EPA

Where Can I Get More Training? | Green Infrastructure | US EPA.

EPA is pleased to announce a brand-new webcast series on implementing green infrastructure. This page provides information on the 2014 webcast series, as well as links to archived webcasts and a summary of certification programs. To be added to a mailing list for additional training opportunities, please send an email to

First Webcast: January 7th, 2014
1:00pm – 2:30pm EST


O&M and Green:
Best Practices for Green Infrastructure Operations and Maintenance

December 17 | This Day in Water History

December 17 | This Day in Water History.

via December 17 | This Day in Water History.

December 17

1217 Imhoff TankDecember 17, 1914:  Municipal Journal article—Small Sewage Treatment Plant. “The Home for the Indigent of Delaware County, Pa., is located in Middletown Township, near the village of Lima, and on the main highway leading from Media to West Chester, Pa. There are usually about 125 inmates the home, although during the winter months the number runs higher.

Introduction To Wastewater Microbiology

This 2 hour online class “Introduction to WasteWater Microbiology”, has ended but contact us for future dates.


Designed for anyone who manages wastewater systems of any size or technology requiring monitoring of biological organisms – and is not only for large municipal systems. Using stunning phase contrast electron microscope images, this is an opportunity to see & appreciate minute living organisms which form the basis of treating and recycling water. Fee is $40 with the option to purchase, at $35, a CD of slides and video resources. CD Purchase Information attached here.