splash image splash title




50 Years of Regulation
Dr. Hugh Archer, Mavickar Environmental Consultants

How did Pennsylvania’s onsite wastewater program come into existence? The presenter will discuss the origins of the onlot regulations and offer participants a historical context for the Commonwealth’s Act 537 program.


WASTEWATER – PAST & FUTURE TRACK: Understanding the historical roots of onsite wastewater management offers the sewage enforcement officer unique insights into why our current statutory and regulatory structures developed into what they are today. This track will place a special emphasis on where onsite wastewater management has been in the past and where it may be going in the future.

Privy Thoughts – A History of Privies
Linda Manwiller, Myerstown Community Library

Whether it was called a privy, a latrine, a john, or just an outhouse, bathroom facilities predating the advent of indoor plumbing have been around for a long time. Attendees of this session will learn about the history of outhouses and the precursors to onsite septic systems.

A History of Wastewater Pipes
Larry Earney, Infiltrator Water Technologies

The onsite conveyance and dispersal of wastewater is a fundamental component of any septic system. The type and composition of piping used to achieve this objective has changed dramatic over the years. This session will cover the source & history of various piping used to move wastewater including those types that wastewater professionals may still confront in the field.

A History of Tanks
Larry Earney, Infiltrator Water Technologies

The history of septic tanks and of sewage treatment methods has progressed over time from very rudimentary to advanced modern techniques. This session will explore a variety of wastewater tanks and how their design and usage in treatment had changed over time.

A History of Wastewater Treatment by Soil
Joseph A. Valentine, VW Consultants & Delaware Valley University

Soil has been used as a media for sewage disposal by humans since before recorded history. This secession will review the evolution of how humans have addressed sewage disposal from a hunter-gatherer society to the present day. A special emphasis will be placed on how the soil has been used or misused for sewage disposal over the millennia. The secession will conclude with a history of on-lot sewage systems and the Act 537 program in Pennsylvania.

The Future of Wastewater Technologies
Panel of Wastewater Technology Manufacturers

A panel comprised of manufacturers will discuss the latest trends in wastewater product development. Each will offer an overview of their newest technologies and provide a glimpse into where their respective companies are headed in wastewater treatment and disposal.

Technology & its Impact on the Wastewater Industry
Chuck Rockacy, DataLinqr; Brain Bannon, The Slate Pages

Disruptive Technology has impacted municipalities and businesses since the Internet inception in the 1990’s. Municipalities need to adapt to take advantage of the new technologies. This presentation touches on this impact and shows how cost-effective inventory management solutions can not only help municipalities and companies avoid getting left behind but can also help increase business revenues and municipal efficiency. Cost-effective inventory management systems that give you the ability to document cleaning, damage, add photos and capture a GPS coordinate will be discussed.


DIFFERENT WASTEWATER APPROACHES & METHODS TRACK: Possessing a broad understanding of how wastewater is managed in varied contexts different from their own will enhance a sewage enforcement officer’s perspective. This track is designed to expose the wastewater professional to approaches taken in different counties and under different conditions.

Sewage Treatment Approaches in Canada
Andy McKinlay, Waterloo Biofilter

The presenter will discuss the regulatory structure across Canada as well the enforcement of key service and maintenance programs. The discussion will focus on the challenges with variable climate conditions with respect to wastewater treatment. Mr. McKinlay has accumulated over 25 years of professional experience in the wastewater treatment industry, including 10 years spent at Canada’s leading government wastewater research facility.

Sewage Treatment Approaches in Central America
Russ Losco, Lanchester Soil Consultants

Costa Rica is known for its beauty, its diversity, and its friendly citizens. It is known as the land of “Pura Vida”, of monkeys and sloths, toucans and iguanas, of peace-loving people and lush, beautiful landscapes and pristine rivers and beaches. As an SEO visiting and working in Central America, sooner or later one must ask, “what about the sewage?” This session will attempt to explore how wastewater treatment is handled south of the border. It will include discussion of the unique soils and geology of this region.

Sewage Treatment Approaches in Europe
Ed Corriveau, Consultant

When major upgrades to old wastewater treatment infrastructure are required, innovative approaches to management and disposal must be explored. The presenter will discuss onsite wastewater treatment methods deployed in the Czech Republic and eastern Europe based upon his various field research trips. Particular attention will be spent on overcoming the challenges of working on wastewater issues with those from a different culture and background.

Sewage Treatment Approaches in the Caribbean
Brian Oram, BF Environmental

This session will provide an introduction into the use of onsite and land-based wastewater disposal in the Caribbean. The goal would be to provide a summary of how they are implementing their approach, the systems they are evaluating, and the technologies that they have adopted.


SEWAGE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER SAFETY TRACK: Knowledge of onsite septic systems in important to the wastewater professional. However, just as important is the ability to stay safe and healthy on the jobsite. This track focuses on safety awareness topics that the SEO heed while active in the field.

First Aid for SEOs
Ryan Billings, Boyertown Lions Community Ambulance Service

The session will provide each participant with an overview of basic first aid to be used in the field. The session with be taught by a PA licensed paramedic who is also a certified first aid instructor. In addition, the contents of a properly stocked first aid kit will be demonstrated.

Protection Against Hepatitis
Ryan Billings, Boyertown Lions Community Ambulance Service

As sewage enforcement officers, we may be called into situations where we may encounter human waste and other possible pathogens. This session will discuss Hepatitis, what it is, how to avoid it, and proper immunization.

Tick Prevention Strategies
Joe Manotti, PA Lyme Resource Network

Tick-borne infections are preventable – awareness is the first step to action. Lyme can be serious if not diagnosed and treated early. Ticks are a statewide risk. Learn how to prevent tick bites and Lyme and tick-borne diseases. This session will cover: ticks & tick-borne diseases; preventing tick bites; acting if bitten by a tick; recognizing early symptoms; and seeking help if you get sick.

Collapse & Rescue
Scot Landis

As sewage enforcement officers, we often find ourselves in deep hole probes, 7+ feet below grade. This session will discuss the proper excavation techniques for deep hole probes. This session will include proper access to an excavation, proper shoring when necessary and proper backfilling. The session will be taught by PA certified collapse rescue personnel.

Best Safety Practices
Laurel Mueller, Soil Services Company & Eldredsville Volunteer Fire Company

This session will provide a broad overview of safety practices that all sewage enforcement officers should be aware of and practice in the field. While everyone should already be aware of them, it is important that we revisit and remind ourselves of them for our safety and for the safety of those around us.



Closing Keynote: Impact of Onsite Systems on the Bay Ecosystem
Harry Campbell, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The use of onsite septic systems is commonplace across Pennsylvania and throughout the mid-Atlantic. The presenter will discuss the level of impact such systems have had on the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

PA DEP Question & Answer Panel
PA DEP Staff, Moderated by Joe Valentine

Have representatives from Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection central and regional offices answer your questions in a moderated roundtable format. Learn the latest news affecting SEOs in Pennsylvania directly from the Department.


© 2013 PASEO. All Rights Reserved.