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68 Years Working for Clean Water: 1947 through 2015

Third Northeast Onsite Wastewater Treatment Short Course and Equipment Exhibition

March 11-13, 2008
Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa – Groton, CT

Field Trips
as of February 22, 2008

There is an additional fee of $125 to attend a field trip.

Tour #1:
New England Onsite Wastewater Training Center at URI
Attendees will visit the New England Onsite Wastewater Training Center at URI and selected alternative wastewater technology systems in the Green Hill Pond watershed of coastal Rhode Island. This Center is a demonstration and field-training center for alternative septic system technologies in the Northeast, and is one of eight such regional centers in the nation. It is operated in partnership with more than 40 private sector contractors, as well as RIDEM, RICRMC, EPA and others. The Center has 22 full-scale systems constructed above ground for hands-on learning and more than 50 demonstration and research systems installed in seven communities. Upon visiting alternative and innovative technology sites, field trip hosts will discuss alternative and innovative systems permitted in Rhode Island; the selection of the proper system for site and resource protection; regulatory and permitting issues; the blending of a system into the home landscape; installation practices and precautions; system performance, risk, and resource protection considerations; operation, maintenance, electrical energy, and inspection needs; and system sampling and monitoring performance. Space is limited on this tour so be sure to register early.

Tour # 2:
Connecticut Subsurface System Inspections — Tools of the Trade
This tour will demonstrate inspection equipment and procedures for a conventional residential system in Old Lyme,Conn., and a commercial system in Old Saybrook, Conn., which has a leaching enhancement system. The guide will demonstrate the use of a portable drill rig for soil sampling, a pipe camera/monitor system,and a small excavator for exposing various portions of the system. At the commercial operation, inspection of grease traps and pump chambers will be discussed, and there will be demonstrations of a Web-based tank monitoring system and leaching enhancement system. Inspection forms from several states will be discussed and evaluated by participants.

Tour #3:
Septic System Tools of the Trade & Alternatives in Septage Disposal
This tour will demonstrate different types of septic system inspection equipment and their use. Different system types typical in Connecticut will be looked at and the difficulties encountered in the field evaluating their performance will be discussed. The afternoon will be spent touring a septage receiving and processing facility. This newly constructed facility is the first of its kind in Connecticut and offers a look at alternatives available for the disposal of this waste.


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