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Basics & Theory

Fine Homebuilding: How Septic Systems Work
Fine Homebuilding describes how septic systems work. (PDF)
Industry Information

BCWWA: Sustainability Of Small Water Systems
BC Water & Waste Association position on sustainability of small water systems is that it advocates that small water, wastewater and stormwater systems should only be created in situations where there is sufficient education or knowledge about the conditions required for sustainability. (PDF)
Industry Sectors

BCOSA: British Columbia Onsite Sewage Association
British Columbia Onsite Sewage Association is the trade association representing wastewater practitioners and companies that comprise the western Canadian onsite sewage treatment community.
Issues & Performance

BC Gov: Standard Practice Manual For Sewerage Systems
BC Ministry of Health site supplies a copy of Standard Practice Manual (SPM), that is a source of standard practice for onsite sewerage systems, and is referenced in the BC Sewerage System Regulation.

EGBC: Onsite Sewerage Systems Guidelines for Engineers
Engineers and Geoscientists BC has updated its Professional Practice Guidelines for Onsite Sewerage Systems. The guidelines provide guidance on professional practice for Engineering/Geoscience Professionals who are qualified to design or advise on Onsite Sewerage Systems under the Sewerage System Regulation. (PDF)

BC Gov: Finding Location Of Existing Septic Tank
BC Ministry of Environment brochure describes how to find the location Of an existing septic tank. (PDF)

CMHC: Overview On Buying A House With Well & Septic System
CMHC offers a good overview (with diagrams & links) of wells and septic systems, explaining types, components, inspection checklists, and water quality and health issues. (PDF)

GBA: Designing & Installing a Septic System
Green Building Advisor says septic systems are not overly complicated, but the details have to be right.

HBC: Building Science Of Septic Drain Fields
Home Builder Canada magazine describes the basics of septic drain fields and the need for proper ventilation to prevent failure.
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