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Basics & Theory

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

BCOSSA: 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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