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Thursday, October 12, 2017

SOLD OUT - Focus on Troubleshooting Workshops
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Date(s): October 12, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM  CST - 3:30 PM  CST
601 E. Benjamin Ave. Ste. 105, Norfolk, NE
Organization Details
Organization: NOWWA
Contact Name: Jason Orton
Contact Phone: 4028179137
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Dr. Sara Heger — Since 1999, she has been providing education and technical assistance to homeowners, small communities, onsite professionals and local units of government regarding onsite wastewater treatment. Sara coordinates the research program at the UMN and is currently, serving as the principle investigator on grants to create online owner’s guides and evaluate rest stops served by septic systems. Heger is on the faculty of the Water Resources Science program, teaching Sustainable Waste Management Engineering. She presents at many local and  national training events regarding the design, installation and management of septic systems and related research. Sara is Education Chair of the Minnesota Onsite Wastewater Association (MOWA) and the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA). Sara serves on the NSF International Committee on Wastewater Treatment Systems.  She is also the chair of the Minnesota State Advisory Committee on DecentralizedSystems. She has BS in Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering and a PhD in Water ResourceScience.

Tony Mendes — has been installing, repairing, and designing septic systems for 20+ years, one of the original board members for NOWWA and a former President NOWWA. He served as one  of five appointed industry representatives to the OWWAC board. Nebraska Certified in the areas of: installation, layout and design, inspectionand pumping. He has presented to the County Board of Realtors regarding title 124 regulations and issues as they pertain to real estate sales and closings. Tony has also met with, evaluated and repaired dozens of septic systems for/with realtors, owners, buyers and sellers over this same time period.

8:30am    Registration Opens
9:00am    Toxics — The Dirty Dozen
•Overview of toxics ofconcern
•Options of how toxins canbe removed
•How industry can play a role in limiting theirimpact
10:00am Inspection and Troubleshootingof SepticTanks
•Discussion of commonproblems
•Troubleshooting of tank locations, roots, leakage and corrosion among others
•Impact of new contaminants and technology on septicsystems
11:00am Inspection and Troubleshooting of Pumps, Pump Tanks and Pretreatment Units
•Discussion of methods and challenges whentroubleshooting pump tanks and alternative treatmentunits
•Impact of changing wastewater streams on systemperformance
12:00pm Lunch
12:30pm Inspecting and Evaluating Soil Treatment Systems
•Discussion of the process for evaluating and inspecting soil treatment  systems
•Discussion of various distribution methods and development of a biomat
•Discussion of problems associated with hydraulic and organicoverload
1:30pm      System Remediation –Why,What,When, Where andHow
•Overview of remediationprocess
•Discussion of how to determine if a septic system could benefitfrom remediation
•Identification ofappropriate technologies, methods and monitoring

2:30 pm Regulation Changes — Going Forward — Tony Mendes
•Discussion of potential Changes 
•Time for Questions
3:30 pm Conclude Workshop

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