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WasteWater Education online events are underwritten by the WWETT Show – (Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport) as a public service and thank you to all the hard working professionals affected by the current Covid 19 emergency.

There is no fee to attend but all US based donations to will help us continue to provide this service.
For international supporters, please use this link 

Small on-site domestic wastewater treatment systems – an Australian perspective .

Monday, June 1, 2020 7:00:00 PM EDT – 8:30:00 PM EDT
(June 2: 8.30 AM Australia)


While much of the developed world has high rates of population connectedness to centralised sewerage and wastewater treatment, the need to deliver effective on-site sanitation via small domestic wastewater treatment systems remains essential for public and environmental health protection. 

This webinar will begin with an introduction to decentralised wastewater treatment, followed by a survey of the landscape of standards/regulations governing on-site wastewater systems performance certification internationally, with a focus on the relevant Australian context. It will then provide an overview of an Australian on-site wastewater treatment systems performance accreditation testing facility currently operating in South Australia, including an account of the facility’s operation, a description of some of the treatment systems being tested and their performance, and will give some stories of problems encountered and lessons learnt along the way.

Dr Michael Short, University of South Australia, is an environmental scientist with research expertise in urban water systems (water quality, wastewater treatment and water recycling), environmental microbiology and microbial ecology, sustainability and life cycle assessment. He has a keen interest in how environmental science can be applied to inform the development of better environmental management policy.

Presented by Ben Kele, Arris Water, and WasteWater Education 501(c)3. 

See: This is the fourth in a series of events from Australia we are hosting in May.

To view recordings of the previous events click on the images below:

Lake Gkula

Dr. Jake O’Brien
Professor Ted Gardner

“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!

Onsite Insight : U.S. Water Alliance

Onsite Insight : U.S. Water Alliance.

via Onsite Insight : U.S. Water Alliance.

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Onsite Insight

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

SepticSmart Home | Septic Onsite / Decentralized Systems | US EPA


SepticSmart Home | Septic Onsite / Decentralized Systems | US EPA. Welcome to SepticSmart!Did you know that one-quarter of all U.S. homes have septic systems? Yours may be one of them. If you’re not properly maintaining your septic system, you’re not only hurting the environment, you’re putting your family’s health at risk—and may be flushing thousands of dollars down the drain.

EPA’s SepticSmart initiative is a nation-wide public education effort that aims to inform homeowners living on properties serviced by septic systems on the importance of properly maintaining their septic system and provide valuable resources to help homeowners make important decisions regarding their wastewater management needs. The initiative also provides resources for outreach organizations and government leaders who seek promote this message locally.

Learn more about how your septic system works and simple, everyday tips on how to properly maintain it.