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NOWRA ACADEMYCurriculumCourseS
NOWRA National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association601 Wythe Street Alexandria, VA 22314Toll Free (800) 966-2942fax (70...
TABLE OF CONTENTSABOUT NOWRA ................................................................................................
ABOUT NOWRA“To strengthen and promote the onsite and decentralized wastewater industry through activities thatsupport reco...
WHAT WE DONOWRA provides a national forum to address the challenges facing our industry. We provideeducation and training ...
RESOURCES AVAILABLE AT WWW.NOWRA.ORGHomeowner InformationResearchState Regulations &ResourcesResources for IndustryProfess...
PROGRAMS & SERVICESContact the NOWRA Office at 800-966-2942 or by email for other benefits.New benefits are being evaluate...
SEPTIC LOCATOREvery NOWRA member receives a freelisting on the Septic Locator (the onlynational, searchable directory of p...
STATE AFFILIATESNOWRA works to support its state organizations in a variety of ways:Carolina Onsite WaterRecycling Associa...
NOWRA BUSINESS BENEFIT PROGRAM (BBP)NOWRA is supported through the Business Benefit Programs NOWRA greatly appreciatesthe ...
COURSE: ONSITE A TO ZHOURS: 6-24 hoursThe topics presented in this class:Fundamental building blocks for both the generalu...
COURSE: BASICS OF ONSITE WASTEWATERHOURS: 6 hoursThe topics presented in this class:The foundation of installing, inspecti...
COURSE: CHOOSING THE CORRECTSYSTEM TO FIT THE SITEHOURS: 3 hoursThe topics presented in this classDo you find yourself stu...
COURSE: EARTHEN STRUCTURESHOURS: 6 hoursThe topics presented in this class:Working with onsite systems requires a good und...
COURSE: HIGH STRENGTH WASTEHOURS: 12 hoursThe topics presented in this class:There are many reasons why an onsite wastewat...
COURSE: HYDRAULICSHOURS: 6 hoursThe topics presented in this class:Many onsite systems are now using pumps to performdiffe...
COURSE: INSTALLER PROGRAMHOURS:The topics presented in this class:There is a critical need for education of decentralizedw...
COURSE: TROUBLESHOOTING ONSITESYSTEMSHOURS: 6 hoursThe topics presented in this class:Troubleshooting onsite systems is no...
NOWRA National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association601 Wythe Street Alexandria, VA 22314Toll Free (800) 966-2942fax (70...
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  1. 1. NOWRA ACADEMYCurriculumCourseS
  2. 2. NOWRA National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association601 Wythe Street Alexandria, VA 22314Toll Free (800) 966-2942fax (703) 535-5263www.nowra.org | service@nowra.org | EVENTS CALENDARDesign by Bio-Microbics, Inc. Marketing Department
  3. 3. TABLE OF CONTENTSABOUT NOWRA ..............................................................................................................................4NATIONAL ONSITE WASTEWATER RECYCLING ASSOCIATION (NOWRA) MISSION ...........................4WHAT WE DO ................................................................................................................................5WEBSITE........................................................................................................................................5RESOURSES...................................................................................................................................6RESOURCE LIBRARY .......................................................................................................................6NEWSLETTER .................................................................................................................................6LEADERSHIP...................................................................................................................................6INSTALLER ACADEMY......................................................................................................................6PROGRAMS & SERVICES.....................................................................................................................7ERRORS/OMISSIONS INSURANCE FOR DESIGNERS/INSPECTORS .......................................................7EQUIPMENT LOAN DISCOUNTS ........................................................................................................7OFFICE SUPPLIES DISCOUNTS ........................................................................................................7ANNUAL CONFERENCE....................................................................................................................7ROE-D-HOE® COMPETITIONS .........................................................................................................7SEPTIC LOCATOR ...............................................................................................................................8MODEL PERFORMANCE CODE .............................................................................................................8STATE AFFILIATES SUPPORT...............................................................................................................9NOWRA BUSINESS BENEFIT PROGRAM (BBP) .................................................................................10NOWRA GOLD BUSINESS BENEFIT SPONSORS .......................................................................10EPA’S SEPTICSMART PROGRAM: SEPTIC (ONSITE / DECENTRALIZED) SYSTEMS .................................10COURSESCOURSE: ONSITE A TO Z .................................................................................................................12COURSE: BASICS OF ONSITE WASTEWATER......................................................................................14COURSE: CHOOSING THE CORRECT SYSTEM TO FIT THE SITE .............................................................16COURSE: EARTHEN STRUCTURES .....................................................................................................18COURSE: HIGH STRENGTH WASTE...................................................................................................20COURSE: HYDRAULICS.....................................................................................................................22COURSE: INSTALLER PROGRAM ........................................................................................................24COURSE: TROUBLESHOOTING ONSITE SYSTEMS ................................................................................26#
  4. 4. ABOUT NOWRA“To strengthen and promote the onsite and decentralized wastewater industry through activities thatsupport recognition and promotion of professionalism for industry practitioners; implementation ofbest management practices throughout the industry that provide sustainable wastewaterinfrastructure solutions; achieve greater public awareness of the economic, environmental, andpublic health benefits of onsite and decentralized facilities; and to serve the public interest.”The National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA) is the largest organizationwithin the U.S. dedicated to educating and representing members within the onsite anddecentralized industry. Our members include educators, regulators, engineers, contractors,manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, and other parties in the protection of North America’swater resources and environment. All segments of the industry are represented on NOWRA’sBoard of Directors that provide broad perspectives to promote and sustain our industry andservice to the public. NOWRA headquarters is located in Alexandria, Virginia, with localconstituent groups throughout the U.S. and Canada. (See the current list of affiliated stateorganizations).NOWRA was founded in 1992 to educate and serve its members and the public by promotingsound federal, state, and local policies, to improve standards of practice, and increase publicrecognition of the need for and benefits of onsite and decentralized wastewaterinfrastructure. Decentralized systems provide effective and more affordable wastewatertreatment solutions where traditional central sewerage systems might be impractical orunsuitable. These systems can sustainably serve a single home, a neighborhood, or an entirecommunity including commercial and industrial facilities.Decentralized wastewater treatment systems are an effective solution to protecting waterquality. They are a valuable component of watershed management plans and sustainabledevelopment programs. Onsite and decentralized wastewater treatment systems can benefitboth urban and rural areas by providing affordable solutions and reducing risk to the environmentin unusual situations and difficult locations. These systems can provide optimal watermanagement to homes, businesses and industrial centers. Their recycling capability can supportwater resource management goals in many arid areas of the country. Their use can supportmunicipal wastewater treatment infrastructure by providing options for pretreatment and sewermining and provide an alternative when centralized plants have reached or exceeded capacity.Wastewater Recycling Opportunities
  5. 5. WHAT WE DONOWRA provides a national forum to address the challenges facing our industry. We provideeducation and training programs for professionals and bring uniformity to the industry. As thenational educational resource and clearinghouse for onsite and decentralized systems andpromoter of best management practices, NOWRA plays a lead role in state and federal legislativeinitiatives to protect water sources, human health, and the environment. NOWRA works toeducate the public and policy makers about the advantages and benefits of onsite anddecentralized wastewater management and serves as an advocate at the federal, state and locallevels to encourage legislative and regulatory changes that facilitate expanded use of thesesystems (See NOWRA’s Model Code Framework.) Additionally, NOWRA creates new marketand business opportunities for its members through conferences and networking events, whileincreasing the awareness about how onsite systems protect public health and the environment.NOWRA WEBSITE WWW.NOWRA.ORGYour first stop for onsite industry information! A comprehensive resource for all segments of theindustry, search an extensive collection of industry research, latest industry news, importantreference materials organized by professional specialty and area of interest, calendar of industryevents, and much more! Plus, search industry professionals on the Septic Locator – a greatresource to help people identify companies who can help them!
  6. 6. RESOURCES AVAILABLE AT WWW.NOWRA.ORGHomeowner InformationResearchState Regulations &ResourcesResources for IndustryProfessionalsIndustry DataTechnologyPolicyFinancingIndustry SuppliersCommercial/CommunityWastewater TreatmentRESOURCE LIBRARYNOWRAs Resource Library is intended to be a one-stop portal to help you identify criticalinformation online which can help you manage your business. Published industry research, How-to manuals, regulations, financing, public outreach materials, and archived training materials areamong the valuable items contained in this always growing library.NEWSLETTERNOWRA E-News is delivered directly to your email in-box, delivering the latest news on nationaland regional developments affecting our industry. For an archive of recent editions of E-News,click here.LEADERSHIPNOWRA provides all members with opportunities to have a voice in its affairs. Whether youexpress that by voting in NOWRAs Board of Directors elections, participating in our AnnualMeeting, commenting on proposals, volunteering your time on a committee or task force, orsimply sharing your views with a board member, NOWRA welcomes and encourages yourinvolvement in our activities. The greater the involvement of its members, the stronger ourindustry becomes, and the better we are able to work to positively shape its future.NOWRA INSTALLER ACADEMYNOWRA has established the Installer Academy as the national educational entity for thedecentralized wastewater industry to ensure that quality training programs are available for allindustry practitioners. By participating in NOWRA’s Education Programs, members gain a learnedfoundation that continuously builds personal and professional opportunities.THE COURSES CONTAINED IN THIS CATALOG focus on the procedures and practices forinstallation, operation, maintenance and trouble-shooting of onsite systems, and typically qualifyfor continuing education credits.
  7. 7. PROGRAMS & SERVICESContact the NOWRA Office at 800-966-2942 or by email for other benefits.New benefits are being evaluated and will be added in the coming months.ERRORS/OMISSIONS INSURANCE FOR DESIGNERS/INSPECTORSNOWRA has endorsed Alteris SeptiCover Errors & Omissions coverage for designers andinspectors of septic systems. Alteris has been involved in the septic system industry for morethan a decade, and their SeptiCover E&O package offers extremely affordable premiums formembers providing design and or inspection services.EQUIPMENT LOAN DISCOUNTSNOWRA has partnered with Wells Fargo to provide discounts on interest rates and documentfees for equipment purchases in excess of $50,000 for Members. Wells Fargo’s SpecialtyVehicles Div offers members a quarter percent discount (25 basis points) off prevailing interestrate for purchases of vehicles or related equipment financed through their division. If the goingrate is 6%, NOWRA members will be able to apply for a loan at a 5.75% rate. In addition, WellsFargo will reduce its document fees charge from $500 to $350. Over the life of a $50,000 loanfinanced for five years, the savings for NOWRA members would be approximately $500.00. Aswith any loan request, applicants must still qualify for financing under the terms and conditions ofthe lending authority.This membership benefit is unique for NOWRA members. No other onsite association is able tooffer this discount to its members. Click here to take advantage of this member’s only program.OFFICE SUPPLIES DISCOUNTSNOWRA has teamed with Office Depot to bring your business a better office supply solution.Office Depot Discount Application and InformationJoin us at our next ANNUAL TECHNICAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE!Find out how you can be involved!Visit us at www.nowra.org or contact us at 1-800-966-2942ANNUAL CONFERENCENOWRA brings together industry leaders fromaround the country. Through technical and plenarysessions, field trips, and discussions with industryvendors, participants have the opportunity to betterunderstand how innovative onsite/decentralizedtechnologies, management approaches, and policiesare being implemented today.ROE-D-HOE® COMPETITIONSHeld annually at the Pumper Show, this competitionis intended to showcase the skills of contractors andthe equipment they operate. NOWRA sanctions anumber of state Roe-D-Hoe® competitions; the statewinners are automatically entered into the Nationalfinals held during the next Pumper Show.
  8. 8. SEPTIC LOCATOREvery NOWRA member receives a freelisting on the Septic Locator (the onlynational, searchable directory of providers ofonsite wastewater management services).Your listing is controlled by you -- you canchange contact information, services offeredand other information in real time.Search listings under the followingCategories: Academic/Educator,Builder/Developer, Compliance Monitor,Consultant/Designer, Consulting Engineer,Contractor, Engineer, Environmentalist, EquipmentManufacturer, Government/Regulatory Official,Inspector/Waste Hauler, Installer, LaboratoryServices Provider, Maintenance Provider,Manufacturer, Operation/Maintenance, Operator,Pumper, Realty/Mortgage Service Provider,Registered Sanitarian, Researcher, Septic Inspector,Service Provider, Site Evaluator, Soil Evaluator, SoilScientist, Soil Tester, Supplier, System Designer,Tank Manufacturer/Supplier, Waste Transporter,Wholesale Distributor…MODEL PERFORMANCE CODENOWRA offers a MODEL PERFORMANCE CODE produced by members of the National OnsiteWastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA), volunteering their professional and technicalexpertise. This work is intended to accomplish the following objectives.Promote the rationalization of regulations across political boundaries withperformance and science based code provisions.Establish an efficient method with which to evaluate and deploy new onsitewastewater treatment processes.Create a methodology to integrate decentralized wastewater treatment standardsetting mechanisms within the U.S.E.P.A Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)program, andAdvance the professionalism of industry participants through education, training andcertification.
  9. 9. STATE AFFILIATESNOWRA works to support its state organizations in a variety of ways:Carolina Onsite WaterRecycling Association, Inc.FOWAFlorida Onsite Wastewater AssociationKansas SmallflowsOrganizationMichigan Onsite WastewaterRecycling Association (MOWRA)Missouri SmallflowsOrganization-POWRAPennsylvania Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association
  10. 10. NOWRA BUSINESS BENEFIT PROGRAM (BBP)NOWRA is supported through the Business Benefit Programs NOWRA greatly appreciatesthe commitment and support of Industry Sponsors through our “Business Benefit Program”(BBP) members.NOWRA GOLD BUSINESS BENEFIT SPONSORSEPA’S SEPTICSMART PROGRAM: SEPTIC(ONSITE / DECENTRALIZED) SYSTEMSDid you know that one-quarter of all U.S. homes haveseptic systems? Yours may be one of them. If you’renot properly maintaining your septic system, you’renot only hurting the environment, you’re putting yourfamily’s health at risk—and may be flushingthousands of dollars down the drain!EPA’s SepticSmart initiative is a nation-wide publiceducation effort that aims to inform homeownersliving on properties serviced by septic systems on theimportance of properly maintaining their septicsystem and provide valuable resources to helphomeowners make important decisions regarding their wastewater management needs.The initiative also provides resources for outreach organizations and government leaderswho seek promote this message locally.Contact SepticSmart Staff:Phone: (202) 564-1162E-mail: decentralized@epa.gov
  11. 11. COURSE: ONSITE A TO ZHOURS: 6-24 hoursThe topics presented in this class:Fundamental building blocks for both the generalunderstanding of the industry and applications in day today.From the brand new service technician to the seasonedlocal inspector there is something for everyone.Participants will understand how wastewater is treated; thedifferences between various onsite technologies; recognizeimportant site considerations; and comprehend key factorsin collection and management of wastewater fordecentralized systems. The Onsite A to Z course can bemodified in length to suit the audience.
  12. 12. COURSE: BASICS OF ONSITE WASTEWATERHOURS: 6 hoursThe topics presented in this class:The foundation of installing, inspecting, designing andunderstanding onsite wastewater systems is covered in thisclass.Learn the basic biology of wastewater and how soils canchange and treat effluent. Become familiar with“wastewater math” and remove the fears of calculating tankcapacity, pump down, gallons per inch and much more.Review conventional systems, old/new, and even get a lookat alternative wastewater systems. This is a verycomprehensive one day class that will give you a solidunderstanding and foundation for future classes. This is aone day (6 hour) class.
  13. 13. COURSE: CHOOSING THE CORRECTSYSTEM TO FIT THE SITEHOURS: 3 hoursThe topics presented in this classDo you find yourself stuck in a rut when it comes todesigning or installing system? Have you becomecomfortable with one or two systems and avoid others? Thecustomer deserves the best for their site.Understanding a wide variety of onsite systems and howeach one best fits the conditions will allow you to presentthe best solutions to the customer. This class will introduceyou to the “Onsite Café Menu” of systems, from the simpleand least expensive to the most advanced systems. Thiswill allow you to become a more knowledgeable providerand expand your profit opportunities. This is a ½ day (3hour) class
  14. 14. COURSE: EARTHEN STRUCTURESHOURS: 6 hoursThe topics presented in this class:Working with onsite systems requires a good understandingof using soil as a construction material.This class will cover onsite lagoons, constructed wetlands,at-grade systems and curtain drains. The best designedsystem can be compromised by improper handling of thesoil component. Learn how to keep this most important partof the onsite system working for you, not against you. Thisis a 1 day (6 hour) class.
  15. 15. COURSE: HIGH STRENGTH WASTEHOURS: 12 hoursThe topics presented in this class:There are many reasons why an onsite wastewatertreatment system may not effectively accept and treatwastewater.While wastewater strength may not be the cause formalfunction, it can certainly compound the problem andmust be addressed in crafting the solution. This workshopis designed to provide specific guidance to determine iforganic and/or hydraulic loading is higher than expectedfrom typical residential or commercial sources. Thedesigner and service provider must consider not only thewastewater source, but also the treatment capability of thetechnologies. Additionally, the long-term operation andmaintenance needs of the system must be addressed toensure effective onsite wastewater treatment. This is a 2day (12 hour) class.
  16. 16. COURSE: HYDRAULICSHOURS: 6 hoursThe topics presented in this class:Many onsite systems are now using pumps to performdifferent tasks.Understanding how to read a pump curve, create a systemscurve and determine friction loss in a pressure system willbe covered in this class. You will also learn how todetermine “total dynamic head (TDH)” and “gallons perminute (GPM)”, the two most important things when sizinga pump. More and more onsite systems are being designedby engineers. Installation contractors and onsite systeminspectors will find it important to be able to discuss thehydraulics of these systems with the engineer. This is a oneday (6 hour) class.
  17. 17. COURSE: INSTALLER PROGRAMHOURS:The topics presented in this class:There is a critical need for education of decentralizedwastewater system installers to assure sound, long-lastingconstruction for all types of systems.This course covers business models and ethics, soil and sitecharacteristics, installation techniques and material forinstalling a range of systems from pretreatment units todrainfield components. The Installer Program is a greatpreparation for the National Environmental HealthAssociation (NEHA) exam for the Certified Installer ofWastewater Treatment Systems credential.
  18. 18. COURSE: TROUBLESHOOTING ONSITESYSTEMSHOURS: 6 hoursThe topics presented in this class:Troubleshooting onsite systems is no different thantroubleshooting Apollo 13 in some respects.This course will help you understand the onsite system“treatment train” and how the components work togetherfrom the house to final dispersal. But this course will alsohelp you use the same troubleshooting techniques that“Mission Control” or a “brain surgeon” would use tonarrow down the options and finally pinpoint the problem.Take this course to make your troubleshooting visitefficient and effective. Learn how to “run the rope” andeliminate the guess work when troubleshooting. This is aone day (6 hour) class.
  19. 19. NOWRA National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association601 Wythe Street Alexandria, VA 22314Toll Free (800) 966-2942fax (703) 535-5263www.nowra.org | service@nowra.org | EVENTS CALENDARDesign by Bio-Microbics, Inc. Marketing Department

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