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This seminar addresses issues regarding the legislative framework, technology, and operation of wastewater systems in view of enhancing their efficiency. This seminar will also address large subsurface sewage disposal systems.

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

€¢ Discover the complexity of wastewater treatment and the need to involve regulatory personnel, competent
design engineers, and have an appreciation for the whole task
€¢ Develop alternative ways of accomplishing the end result and gain an insight into the reasons why different
engineers recommend different systems and processes
€¢ Question the rationale of the engineering proposals with the knowledge gained from this course
€¢ Operate the systems as the owner in the designed manner and do the necessary reporting to the authorities


The continued efficient operation of communities wastewater systems without detrimental environmental impact is a growing concern for wastewater system owners. With limited funds available to the owners as well as regulatory agencies, the task of on-site sewage treatment and disposal is becoming increasingly difficult. This seminar addresses issues regarding the legislative framework, technology, and operation of wastewater systems in view of enhancing their efficiency. In addition to conventional systems, this seminar will address large subsurface sewage disposal systems such as those serving groups of buildings, recreational parks etc.


To develop skills necessary for trouble-free operation of communal wastewater treatment systems

Who Should Attend

Owners, designers and operators of wastewater systems associated with stand-alone facilities and municipal personnel responsible for enforcing regulations. 

Program Outline

Faculty: Ronald Zaloum, Ph. D.,Montreal , Quebec
Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Seminar Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Assessment of Participants of Wastewater Knowledge by Way of a Sample Test
€¢ Participants will review their general knowledge and at the end of the course assess their progress

Legislative Framework in Canada
€¢ Information relative to the federal and provincial regulatory frameworks

Wastewater Properties and Characterization
€¢ Origins, quantity, quality, conventional and unusual contaminants, persistent toxics

Treatment Theory and Practice of Stand Alone Technologies
€¢ Biological and chemical waste treatment
€¢ Design considerations
€¢ Operation (SRT and F/M) and troubleshooting for efficient treatment
€¢ BOD, SS, Nitrogen, Phosphorus removal

Overview of Solid-Liquid Separation
€¢ Clarifier design, operation and troubleshooting

Principles of Waste Treatment Optimization


Day II

Waste Treatment Technologies for Carbonaceous and Nutrient Removal
€¢ Suspended Growth Systems
€¢ Fixed films as stand alone or incorporated in suspended growth systems
€¢ Nutrient removal
€¢ Sequencing batch reactors
€¢ Membrane technologies

Large Surface and Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems
€¢ Lagoons (aerated, facultative, non aerated)
€¢ Sand filtration
€¢ Wetlands

€¢ Environmental issues and technological requirements
€¢ Chlorination and UV disinfection

Overview of Solids Disposal
€¢  €oeBiosolids€ land application, incineration, lime stabilization, composting

Sample test review
€¢ Participants will discuss the test presented to them at the beginning of the course

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

Daily Schedule:
8:00   Registration and coffee (first day only)
8:30   Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30   Adjournment

Ronald Zaloum, Ph. D., has earned his Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering at McGill University, Montreal, a Masters in Environmental Engineering at McMaster University, Hamilton and his Ph. D. in Environmental Studies at Metz University, France. Prior to retiring, he was Program Manager with Environment Canada, Quebec Regional Office, in Montreal, where he was involved in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment.
Dr. Zaloum was Adjunct Professor and Researcher at the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics at McGill University. 

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
Reviewed by 2012
Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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