Welcome to the new WCOWMA-BC events page!

Here you can find a listing of all upcoming WCOWMA-BC events, as well as other industry events.  You can sort these events by category, and you can change the view to see a monthly calendar. Events are sorted by date.

Clicking on event will expand the tab to show you more information, and the green “Tickets” button takes you to the event registration page.

NAWT/NOWRA Onsite Wastewater Mega-Conference @ Loveland, Colorado
Oct 13 – Oct 16 all-day


October 13-16, 2019,
Embassy Suites & Conference Center,
Loveland, CO


Learn more here.

Site and Soil and Planning Workshop @ Merritt, BC
Oct 21 all-day

This one-day workshop will focus on the site and soil assessment and subsequent design of an onsite wastewater system based on the flows from the facility being served and the in-situ soils ability to treat and disperse the effluent. Students will participate in a site and soil evaluation process and utilize the results from it to discuss and draft the system design.

The plan generated from this training event will be used to install a system on this site.  Those interested will be provided an opportunity to gain installation experience by participating in the installation.

Please contact the WCOWMA office with any questions you may have.

Download a registration form.


Epic Training – Contaminated Soil and Groundwater, Assessment and Remediation
Oct 23 – Oct 25 all-day

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the phased structure of Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), Risk Assessment (RA) and Remediation requirements
  • Support your projects using necessary Environmental Chemistry knowledge
  • Understand basics of fate and transport of contaminants in porous media
  • Construct Conceptual Site Model and devise Sampling and Analysis Plan
  • Evaluate and select appropriate remediation technologies for contaminated soil and groundwater

Environmental condition of properties is an important issue in redevelopment, financing and transactions. All stakeholders must be aware of potential environmental liabilities. This detailed three-day seminar provides information on approaches and methodologies on the basis of Environmental Chemistry required for assessment and remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater in accordance with the phased structure of ESA, RA and remediation.

Applicable Environmental Chemistry concepts and principles, along with fundamentals of soil and groundwater properties as well as fate and transport of contaminants in porous media, will be provided to be employed in the standard procedures outlined in phased structured ESA including sampling and analysis, Human Health RA and exposure control. Conventional and innovative soil and groundwater remediation methods will be discussed along with cleanup requirements.

Case examples will be introduced and will be worked on by participants as the topics are covered.

Course Outline:

  • Environmental Site Assessment phased structure
  • Environmental Chemistry Basics
  • Human Health Risk Assessment
  • Soil and groundwater properties
  • Fate and transport of Toxic Metals and Organic Contaminants
  • Soil and Groundwater Sampling
  • Remediation Technologies and Selection Criteria

Who Should Attend:
Environmental Engineers and Technologists • Project Managers • Regulatory personnel (federal, provincial and municipal) • Geologists • Consultants and Soil Scientists

Imagine a Day Without Water
Oct 23 all-day
Imagine a Day Without Water

No water to drink, or even to make coffee with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn’t put out fires and farmers couldn’t water their crops.

Some communities in America already know how impossible it is to try to go a day without our most precious resource: Water. But many Americans take water for granted every day. Imagine a Day Without Water 2019 is the fifth annual day to raise awareness and educate America about the value of water.


2019 Van Isle Water Trade Show @ Four Points Sheraton
Oct 25 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
2019 Van Isle Water Trade Show @ Four Points Sheraton

This event will focus on water systems professionals in the well pump, sump & sewage, pool & spa,  and water treatment industries. This is your opportunity to learn more about new and existing products as well as attend seminars from these industry leaders.

  • Free Lunch & Appetizers
  • Free Seminars All-Day
  • Grand Prize Give-Aways
  • Door Prizes
  • Meet Industry Experts
  • Tradeshow Specials
FAWG – Friday Afternoon Wastewater Group (South Island) @ The Goldstream Conference Room CRD Water Services Office
Oct 25 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm


  1. Speakers and topics “To Be Announced”.
  2. We will review upcoming events in the world of onsite systems.
  3. If time allows, we will have an Open Mike.  This is when anybody can raise a topic with Mike, and we can discuss it, or you can pose a problem and invite comments on potential solutions.
  4. Discussion, debate and good cheer will continue at the Six Mile Pub, a 3 minute walk from the meeting.


Questions and Suggestions

For any questions or suggestions about our Friday Group, please contact Michael Payne by email at

Septic Savvy Presentation (CRD) @ SEAPARC Leisure Complex, 2168 Phillips Road, Multipurpose Room
Oct 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm


The CRD offers free workshops to residents on how to properly care for your residential septic system. Proper maintenance has a significant impact on how well your system works and how long it lasts. Your home is one of your most important investments. Taking care of your septic system is like an insurance policy on that investment. Attend a workshop and learn how to protect the environment, your community’s health and save money.



CWWA National Water and Wastewater Conference @ Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta
Nov 3 – Nov 6 all-day

The fifth National Water and Wastewater Conference will take place from November 3-6, 2019 in Banff, Alberta.

Before the inception of this Conference CWWA hosted several stand alone events focusing on various aspects of water management – including drinking water, wastewater and efficiency. By merging these events into one National Conference CWWA has created a unique event that merges all aspects of water management, providing amazing networking, opportunities for information exchange and innovation.

World Soil Day
Dec 5 all-day
Onsite Wastewater Practitioner Training (Days 1-5) @ Courtenay, BC
Dec 9 – Dec 13 all-day

The WCOWMA Onsite Wastewater Management Association of BC is pleased to present industry training based on the BC SPM V3 for Onsite Wastewater Professionals. Successful completion of this training program fulfills the classroom component of the training required to work in the Onsite Wastewater Industry in BC. This program is also recognized in Alberta under the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) and the New West Partnership, in Saskatchewan under the New West Partnership and in Manitoba under the Agreement on Internal Trade.  Students will be required to complete an online training component prior to attending the classroom sessions.

Those wishing to apply for a ROWP Installer/Planner Stamp must complete the following training components:

Students will be assisted in completing all the above required components.

Students will be assisted in completing these requirements.

As well as this industry certification program, WCOWMA-BC offers individual field and classroom training sessions for continuing education purposes. For information on training opportunities in your area, contact the WCOWMA-BC office.

If you are interested in attending any of these training sessions, please complete the registration form which follows and click the register button to submit registration payment. Space in the training sessions is limited and is allotted on a first come, first served basis. Upon receipt of the completed form and payment for training, your course supplies will be sent to you for review prior to training. A minimum class of fifteen paid participants is required in order for the class to take place.

The Onsite Wastewater Practitioner Training Program is a ten-day course divided into two sessions. You must complete all ten days training successfully in order to receive certification.