Design & Planning for Wastewater Systems

The first step in helping you to determine what you will need to meet the B.C. Sewerage System Regulations is a site assessment and a few questions.  

Gone are the days where you simply drew a design on a paper napkin in a coffee shop and submitted it to your local Health Authority or Government agency. Depending on Provincial regulatory requirements a number of items need to be addressed before a design can be submit.

Our process includes the following steps:

Step 1: 

A meeting to determine what you want to do with the property.

a. What is your vision for the property including the building and landscaping?

b. House size, bedrooms and bathrooms

c. What is the frequency of usage, is it full time use or is it a cottage which has high usage in the summer months and very little to non usage in the winter or off season months?

d. Other items that may have a bearing on the design or use of the system.


Step 2: 

We have to determine the Daily Design Flow (DDF).  This is a calculation based on occupancy either by number of people or by the number of bedrooms and the square footage of the facility being serviced and is normally based on regulatory requirements.

Step 3:

Technical Site Assessment:This is where our Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner (ROWP), who is qualified in soil analysis and sewage treatment comes to your site and use a variety of methods to determine how capable the soil is of moving treated effluent (waste) through the soil for long term effluent dispersal.

Step 4: 

We design a system for you adhering to the codes and regulations set out by the B.C. Government.  We will design a system that is based on your unique needs determined by usage, environment, health, safety and your budget.

Step 5: 

Once the design plan is completed we sit down with you to go over the details along with a project quote and details of installation.

Step 6: 

We submit the required paperwork to the local health authority on your behalf.

Step 7: 

We supervise the installation of your system to regulated standards.

Step 8: 

We test the new system to ensure there are no problems.  We will then present you with an operation and maintenance manual.  The manual includes system drawings, system components and a maintenance plan.  We then file a copy of this manual with the local health authority.


Let’s talk about your project

As you can see there is a defined and regulated process that needs to be followed to move forward. As a Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner (ROWP) we have the experience and expertise to design and install your residential wastewater system. Please contact us to discuss the details of your project.