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I WPA News

Winter 2019 Quarterly publication of Indiana Onsite Wastewater Professionals Association


Member Profile:

Denise H. Wright

NOWRA MegaConference Review What’s the Best Toilet Paper for Septic Systems? The Switch: A Man of Many Hats or How I Became “Dirt Boy”


IOWPA 2020 CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW Complete Conference Schedule and Registration INSIDE THIS ISSUE > See pages 9-12










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IOWPA News Winter 2019

IOWPA News is the official publication of the Indiana Onsite Wastewater Professionals Association, Inc. (IOWPA) and is published quarterly.

In this issue . . . IOWPA 2020 CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW Complete Conference Schedule and Registration > See pages 9-12

Indiana Onsite Wastewater Professionals Association 7915 S. Emerson Avenue, Suite 132 Indianapolis, IN 46237 Phone: 317-965-1859 • Fax: 317-534-3460 www.iowpa.org

14 NOWRA Mega-Conference Review

PUBLISHER Jane Breeding, Executive Director, IOWPA 317-965-1859 indianaonsitewastewater@gmail.com

18 What’s the Best Toilet Paper for Septic Systems?

EDITOR AND AD SALES Mary Breidenbach, Cumulus Design 317-757-8634 • mary@ecumulus.com

16 Member Profile: Taking a Moment to Look Back

20 The Switch: A Man of Many Hats or How I Bacame The “Dirt Boy”

Advertising Rates: Rate sheet available online at www.iowpa.org or by contacting Mary Breidenbach at 317-757-8634 • mary@ecumulus.com.

Reprint Permission: Please email IOWPA to request permission to reprint. Direct your email to indianaonsitewastewater@gmail.com and include the title of the article and publication date. Views expressed in articles or editorials do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the association or its directors, but are those of the writer. Trade names used in articles are for identification only. No discrimination is intended toward similar products and IOWPA does not endorse the use of the products mentioned.

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Subscriptions: Subscription is included with IOWPA membership. Nonmembers: $20.00 per year (4 issues per year). For questions regarding subscriptions, please call IOWPA at 317-965-1859.

On the cover: Denise H. Wright — the focus of this issue’s member profile on page 16 — is shown with a young visitor to the Indiana State Fair exhibit, Pathways to Water Quality. The exhibit helps ISDH make contact with Hoosier homeowners every summer to talk about OSS system function and maintenance requirements. Photo courtesy Denise H. Wright.

NOWRA Mega-Conference attendees prepare to tour the NOOSA Yoghurt Factory.

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President’s Message


IOWPA Volunteers Needed for WWETT Show

WWETT Show Discount Code for

IOWPA Members

New Installer Certified 6

Indiana State Department of Health Update


IOWPA Installer Training and Exam Changes


Brown County Holds Septic Summit

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Dear IOWPA Members, 2019 has been an interesting year for the onsite industry. It was a very slow start to the season but when the rain stopped, the work has not. Many of you around the state are still trying to finish your 2019 obligations to customers, so you are trying to steal as many good installation days these last few months as possible. Your IOWPA Board and Committee members have been hard at work. The Conference Committee has finalized the agenda and locked in a group of excellent speakers for the IOWPA Annual Conference and Trade Show on January 21-22, 2020. The agenda is filled with great educational topics. I encourage you to attend, bring your employees, and invite at least one person in the industry that has not attended the conference before. This winter conference is the best opportunity for you and your employees to get your IOWPA certification that many of the counties are requiring. See full conference schedule, speakers highlights, and registration in this issue on pages 9-12. Greg Inman

The Field Day Committee had a site location to host a field day in 2019 but a few issues caused us to have to push the project to the spring/summer 2020. There will be more information to come in the next few months, so please stay tuned. The Communications Committee has done a great job keeping the IOWPA website updated and they are working on some major changes with the website in 2020. My position on the IOWPA Board as President has been a great experience but is quickly coming to an end, but I look forward to taking on other responsibilities within the organization. I encourage you to think about becoming more involved with IOWPA in 2020 and maybe even join a committee or run for a position on the IOWPA board. Board nominations are being accepted now. See nomination form on inside back cover. Have a good rest of the year. I look forward to what is to come in 2020. Greg Inman Infiltrator Water Technologies 317-452-5718 ginman@infiltratorwater.com

IOWPA’s Annual Conference REGISTRATION and Trade Show NOW OPEN! JANUARY 21-22, 2020

Primo Banquet & Conference Center, Indianapolis, IN COMPLETE CONFERENCE INFORMATION IN THIS ISSUE!

3 Conference Schedule 3 Speaker Highlights 3 List of Exhibitors 3 Hotel Information 3 Registration Form


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2019 IOWPA Officers President: Greg Inman Infiltrator Water Technologies 800-896-9565 ginman@infiltratorwater.com Treasurer: Gary Steinhardt Purdue University, Dept. of Agronomy 765-494-8063 gsteinhardt@purdue.edu Vice President: Karl M. Glaze Daviess County Health Dept. 812-254-8674 ehs2@daviesshealth.com Secretary: Kyle Nix S&M Nix Enterprises, LLC 812-347-2920 kylenix2007@yahoo.com Executive Director: Jane Breeding 7915 S. Emerson Ave., Suite 132 Indianapolis, IN 46237 317-965-1859; Fax: 317-534-3460 indianaonsitewastewater@gmail.com

Board of Directors Will Banks, Ike’s Septic 765-448-1443 • wbanks0610@gmail.com Rick Becht, Becht Enterprises 502-664-2978 • bechtent@gmail.com Mark Bousquet, Black Diamond Exc. 765-588-6400 • blackdiamondex@gmail.com John Hack, II Hack Excavating, Inc. 765-538-2998 • jhack@tds.net Jon Houseknecht, Sunset Septic & Excavation 219-778-8100 • sunsetseptic@yahoo.com Andrew McAfee, L.A. Brown Company 260-273-9322 • admmcafee@gmail.com Randy Staley, Staley’s Soil Service, Inc. 812-939-2752 Alice Quinn, Indiana State Dept. of Health, 317-518-4388 • alquinn@isdh.in.gov

Proxy Board Members Dick Blazer, Blazer Farms L.A. Brown, L.A. Brown Company Julia Hayes, Indiana State Department of Health John Kennard, Brown County Health Department Mark Miller, Indiana State Department of Health William Pursley, Shelby Co Health Department Jason Ravenscroft, Marion Co Health Department Brant Ricker, Huntington Co. Health Department Pete Sabo, AK Industries Lisa Zeiner, Putnam County Health Department



February 17–20, 2020 Indiana Convention Center

IOWPA Volunteers Needed for WWETT Show 2020 IOWPA is excited to announce that we will be sharing Marketplace Expo booth space with the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA)! This is a special opportunity for IOWPA to help advance the onsite industry as well as to meet many of the leaders within our industry and NOWRA. Moving the IOWPA booth from the hallway to the Expo floor will potentially increase our contact with WWETT attendees and in turn increase our opportunity to recruit more members! Staffing the booth will involve the IOWPA member being familiar with our mission and our vision for the onsite industry in Indiana. If you are willing to staff the NOWRA/IOWPA booth during the WWETT Expo, please contact Jane Breeding at indianaonsitewastewater@gmail.com or 317-965-1859. IOWPA will begin assigning time slots for volunteers in January 2020.

WWETT Show 2020 Discount Code for IOWPA Members As members of NOWRA, IOWPA members receive a discount on registration rates to the WWETT Show 2020. Be sure to take advantage of this member benefit. See instructions below.


Newly Certified Installers (Since June 2019) 3J’s Excavating Joshua Gaerte Abacus Plumbing John Reed Baker’s Septic Service Curtis App Michael D. Frazier Michael W. Frazier Collom Excavating LLC Dan Collom Matthew Collom Lucas Collom Earth Resources Michael Hargis Hine & Hine LLC Tim Hine J & K Excavating Kevin Falk Jackson Excavating Mark Jackson Johnson’s Hauling & Excavating LLC Dallas Johnson Jon’s Custom Services Jon Ormsby Justin Younkin Justin Younkin Perkins Septic and Drain Service Brandi Likens Ashley Powers Raber Dirtworx, LLC Steven Raber RJ Raab Construction Jeffrey Raab Saylor Excavating LLC Justin Saylor Speciality Maintenance Solutions Brandon Sullivan Versaw Earthworks LLC Ryan Anstey Daniel Versaw Tyler Neiman David Vollman Dylan Schrader Wills Excavating Inc Jason Wills

REGISTER TODAY at www.wwettshow.com

Zachary Bell Ernest Stutzman Visit www.IOWPA.org for the full list of certified installers.


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Indiana State Department of Health Updates Alice Quinn, Indiana State Department of Health New Field Staff

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With the end of the installation season behind us, or nearly behind us in most of Indiana, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is gearing up for another busy training season. Both of our residential and commercial sections are fully staffed, with the addition of Mark Miller (formerly of Greene County Health Department) who joined our staff in September and covers the southwest quarter of the state. Mark joins ISDH field staffers David Ortel (northwest Indiana), Joe Rakoczy (northeast Indiana), and Julia Hayes (southeast Indiana) to complete our team. Orientation for Local Health Department Staff

ISDH will be hosting an Environmental Health Specialist and Public Health Nurse Orientation for new staff of local health departments in December of this year. Each year, the three-day orientation is offered for all newer (and some not-so-new) staff of local health departments to familiarize them with the many divisions of ISDH and meet contacts from each division. Local health department staff are responsible for implementation of many programs, in addition to the on-site sewage system program, at the local level. The orientation offers them access to all divisions and gives them a brief insight into what their duties are at the local level. Training

The staff of ISDH is looking forward to many training opportunities coming up early in 2020. ISDH will provide training assistance at the IOWPA Educational Conference in January, but will also provide training to local health department staff at our annual ISDH Onsite Meeting on February 4–5, 2020. We have plans to put together another round of regional trainings for OSS topics and to host a commercial plan review training in the Spring of 2020. Additional information will be sent out soon about these training opportunities. Inspector/Installer Trainings

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ISDH is also looking forward to another productive year of collaboration with IOWPA and IEHA. We hope to be able to assist IOWPA with two IOWPA Certified Inspector trainings in 2020, and various installer trainings that may be needed. Also, be on the lookout for information about IEHA’s Spring Conference which is scheduled for April 16 in beautiful Brown County. I have been told that there will be some onsite related topics at the spring conference this year!

CALENDAR January 21–22, 2020

IOWPA’s Annual Conference and Trade Show Primo Banquet & Conference Center, Indianapolis, IN Conference information on pages 9–12.

February 17–20, 2020


Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN More information: https://www.wwettshow.com Read story (this page) about IOWPA and the WWETT 2020 Show.

IOWPA Installer Training and Exam Changes Alice Quinn, Indiana State Department of Health Sitting in a classroom for 4 hours listening to a boring lecture about the rule and then sitting another 3–5 hours to take multiple, very long exams over the material can be very mentally exhausting for anyone, but can be especially frustrating for septic installers who spend their days being very active, typically outdoors, and being mentally stimulated by the job at hand. Those of us who train and develop the exams get it, and we agree that the whole day training and three part testing over the entire rule is not the best, most efficient, or most effective method for providing training, giving a refresher or imparting knowledge to those in attendance. This year, in large part due to a fantastic suggestion by Conference Committee Cochair Julia Hayes, the training and testing will be split between the two days of the conference. Hopefully this will allow a little bit of a break between training and testing periods and will be better for the test takers.

The exam is in three parts: A, B, and C. Test A has 100 questions and covers all the basics of the rule including definitions, administrative issues, basic system design requirements, subsurface gravity systems, sewers, septic tanks, soils, surface and subsurface drainage, and dispersal area. Test B has 40 questions and covers those components and concepts specific to flood dosed subsurface trench systems. Test C has 40 questions and covers those components and concepts related to pressure distribution systems, including elevated sand mounds and subsurface pressure distribution trench systems. Test A must be taken and passed before certification will be issued for any system type. All tests must be passed with at least an 80% score. Two hours of training for test A will be available on the morning of Day 1 of the Conference, January 21. Testing for Test A will be held on the afternoon of Day 1. Two and a half hours of training for Tests B and

C will occur on the morning of Day 2 of the Conference, January 22. Testing for Tests A, B and C will be available late morning and all afternoon on Day 2 of the Conference. Tests are all open book and open notes; however, digital devices (other than a calculator) and help from friends are not allowed. A copy of the rule will be provided to all test takers. Others may purchase copies of the rule at the Conference. Attendees may set in on the rule training for CEUs even if they are not testing. Please check the conference agenda for specific times and locations of training and testing. Also, please register for the test(s) in advance so that plans can be made to have sufficient copies of the rule and the tests. A photo ID is required for all test takers. Practice exam available on the IOWPA website — www.iowpa.org.



Brown County Holds Septic Summit Alice Quinn, Indiana State Department of Health Over 100 Brown County residents got motivated about sewage and on-site sewage systems at the Brown County Septic Summit held on September 3, 2019 at the Brown County Fairgrounds in Nashville, Indiana. Several local organizations worked with event organizer Clint Studabaker and the Brown County League of Women Voters to host a fun and educational evening for local residents. The event started with a small, but interesting exhibit of common system components including a septic tank, soil absorption field technology, a pump, and a pumper truck. Following the exhibit, a panel of experts in public health, soils, and water fielded attendees’ questions. The panel included: • Angie Brown, Chief, Watershed Planning and Restoration Section, Indiana Department of Environmental Management • Alice Quinn, Manager, Residential On-site Sewage Systems Program, Indiana State Department of Health • Kara Hammes, Purdue Extension Educator, Brown County • Ernie Reed, Environmental Health Specialist, Brown County Health Department • John Bowen, IRSS, Soil Consultant

Septic Summit drew a large crowd eager to learn.

The attendees had a variety of questions for the panel concerning septic systems, public health, soils, water quality, and operation and maintenance of septic systems. Publications and handouts were provided to attendees. There was also a raffle for attendees. Twenty coupons, each worth $100 to go towards a septic tank cleaning, were highly sought after prizes as were five compost pails filled with septic-friendly supplies. The Septic Summit was co-sponsored by the Brown County League of Women Voters, Purdue Extension Service, Brown County Soil and Water Conservation, Brown County Regional Sewer District, and the Brown County Health Department. The fun and educational evening was a huge success!


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Septic Summit panelists (l to r) Angie Brown, Alice Quinn, Ernie Reed, Kara Hammes, and John Bowen.



January 21–22, 2020

Primo Banquet and Conference Center, 2615 E. National Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE Tuesday, January 21, 2020 (5 CEUs)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 (5 CEUs)

7:00 am

Registration Open

7:00 am

Registration Open

7:30 am

Continental Breakfast / TRADE SHOW OPEN

7:30 am

Continental Breakfast/Trade Show Opens

8:30 am

Welcome Greg Inman, IOWPA President

8:15 am

Welcome Greg Inman, IOWPA President

8:45 am

Soil Compaction Sara Heger, University of Minnesota

8:30 am


TRACK I: Beyond the Basics: Best Judgment, Best Management Practices, and Pump Assisted Drainage Alice Quinn, Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH)

TRACK 1: All About IOWPA John Hack,Hack Excavating; John Houseknecht, Sunset Septic; Kyle Nix, S&M Nix Enterprises; Greg Inman, Infiltrator Water Technologies

TRACK II: OSS Rule Review for Test B

TRACK II: OSS Rule Review for Test A

9:30 am

Break / Trade Show

10:45 am

Break and Trade Show

10:00 am

11:15 am

TRACK I: NOWRA Update & Legislative Update Sara Heger, University of Minnesota (NOWRA Update) and Greg Inman, Infiltrator Water Technologies (Legislative Update)

TRACK I: Site Preparation Speaker TBD

TRACK II: OSS Rule Review for Test C

11:00 am

Break / Trade Show / Door Prize Drawings Don’t miss an opportunity to win some cash!

11:30 am

TRACK I: Sand Lined Systems Panel Discussion Charlie Ray, Presby Environmental; Greg Inman, Infiltrator Water Technologies; Eric Daniels, Eljen; Alice Quinn, ISDH; Moderator TBD

TRACK II: OSS Rule Review for Test C

TRACK II: OSS Rule Review for Test A

12:15 pm


12:45 pm Annual Meeting / Trade Show / Awards 1:15 pm TRACK I: High Strength Waste Sara Heger, University of Minnesota

TRACK II: Installer Certification Exam — Test A only 2:15 pm TRACK I: Septic Tanks Claude Goguen, NPCA

TRACK II: Installer Certification Exam — Test A only Note: Exam ends at 3:45 pm

12:30 pm Lunch 1:30 pm – Installer’s Certification Exam (pre-registration required) 4:00 pm IOWPA Committee Meetings / New Board Meeting

3:15 pm BREAK / TRADE SHOW 3:45 pm

Solutions for Small Communities Ken Jones P.E., Jones Petrie Rafinski

4:45 pm

Reception (beverages and appetizers)

5:15 pm

Member Appreciation Dinner at Primo (FREE with conference registration ticketed) Host: Greg Inman, IOWPA President





Eric Daniels is the Senior Technical Lead at Eljen Corporation. Since 2016 Eric has specialized in technical training and plan reviews for the onsite wastewater community nationwide. Eric is a native of Massachusetts and has a strong technical background after serving in the United States Navy for 11 years. CLAUDE GOGUEN, NPCA

Claude Goguen has more than 25 years of experience in the precast concrete and construction industry. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering and is a licensed P.E. in Indiana and a licensed P.Eng. in Canada. Prior to his roll in technical services with NPCA, Claude was an operations manager at a precast concrete manufacturing plant. Since starting with NPCA, Claude has focused on the onsite wastewater industry and has served as the staff liaison to the NPCA Water and Wastewater Structures Committee. JOHN HACK, Hack Excavating

John Hack II hails from Lafayette, Indiana and is an owner of Hack Excavating. John graduated from Purdue University in civil engineering and has 30+ years of experience in excavating and the onsite business. He is a member of the Indiana Land Improvement Contractors and Indiana Onsite Wastewater Professionals and has served on the board of directors and as president of both groups. He credits both groups for helping his business and personal development. SARA HEGER, University of Minnesota

Dr. Sara Heger is an engineer, researcher and instructor at the University of Minnesota in the Onsite Sewage Treatment Program in the Water Resources Center and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Department. For over 20 years, she has been conducting research and providing education and technical assistance to homeowners, small communities, onsite professionals and local units of government regarding onsite wastewater treatment. Sara is the president elect of the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association and the education chair of the Minnesota Onsite Wastewater Association. Sara serves on the NSF International Committee on Wastewater Treatment Systems. JON HOUSEKNECHT, Sunset Septic & Excavating

Jon lives in LaPorte, Indiana on the grain and hog farm, where he was raised. A graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Agriculture, Jon worked for Kenworth and Peterbuilt as an outside parts salesman before starting Sunset Septic & Excavating in 1995 with his wife Gale. Their oldest son, Cody also works for the company and both Jon and Cody are IOWPA Certified Inspectors and Installers. Sunset Septic performs IOWPA certified inspections, installs new and maintained septic systems, and installs and services ATU’s, Presby’s and mound systems. The company also partners with IOWPA in training other counties for septic inspections. 10

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GREG INMAN, Infiltrator Water Technologies, Inc

Greg is currently president of IOWPA and has been a member since 2003. Greg works for Infiltrator Water Technologies (IWT) and has been with IWT for two years. Before coming to work for IWT, Greg worked at the Boone County Health Department as an Environmental Health Specialist starting in 2003 and then became the Director of Environmental Health in 2011. Greg has been in the onsite industry for 16 years. He graduated from Ball State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science, with a focus on Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. KEN JONES, Jones Petrie Rafinski

Ken provides leadership for this seventy-person, multidisciplined engineering firm headquartered in South Bend, Indiana with offices in Elkhart and Fort Wayne. The company serves a diverse client base including many small communities and rural utility districts. Through much of the firm’s thirty-year history, JPR has helped to overcome environmental and human health risks through the planning, design, and funding of community sewer systems where on-site systems could no longer be considered as a viable alternative. Through this effort, many communities have been assisted and well over 15,000 homesites have been sustained and made healthy and safe. KYLE NIX, S&M Nix Enterprises, LLC

Kyle Nix is the co-owner of the excavation company S&M Nix Enterprises, LLC, as well as the development company Nix Properties and Development, LLC. He graduated from Purdue University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and two minors in Agriculture Economics. Kyle serves on the Harrison County County Council and as secretary on the IOWPA board. CHARLES RAY, PEI/IWT

Charles Ray is the Regional Sales Specialist for PEI/IWT and manages a variety of proactive markets in the central United States and New Jersey focusing on Combined Treatment and Dispersal (CTD). In addition to market growth, his responsibilities include distribution management, training, and education that provides impetus towards innovative solutions for clean water. Charles is also responsible for communications between PEI/IWT and all regulatory agencies to maintain compliancy. He has over 20 years of experience in the water treatment and soils industry. ALICE QUINN, Indiana State Department of Health

As Supervisor of the Residential On-Site Sewage Systems Program at the ISDH, Alice supervises four field staff, provides training and technical assistance to local health departments, and conducts plan reviews for commercial and special projects dealing with the residential on-site program. Throughout her 22-year career in public and environmental health, she has trained, educated, and assisted with on-site sewage systems to promote public health and safety for the citizens of Indiana. A past president of IOWPA, Alice currently serves on the IOWPA Board of Directors and is also active in the IEHA.


REGISTER by January 10, 2020 First 75 registrants will be eligible for a drawing to win $50 cash!

January 21–22, 2020

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1st Registrant: Full 2-day (Jan. 21 & 22) conference registration

$195 ea

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Additional registrants from same company – full 2 day only

$140 ea

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Tuesday, Jan. 21 ONLY — conference registration

$120 ea

$145 ea


Wednesday, Jan. 22 ONLY — conference registration

$100 ea

$125 ea


Health Dept. Conf. Reg. (includes Installer Certification Exam)

$ 95 ea

$ 95 ea


Installer Certification Exam (first time certified)

$ 50 ea

$ 50 ea


Installer Recertification Exam (did not acquire CEUs)

$ 75 ea

$ 75 ea


Member Appreciation Dinner at Primo, Tuesday, Jan. 21 No Charge (Ticketed)

No Charge

No Charge

Dues renewal for 2020 – Required (if not paid previously)

$ 75 ea

$ 75 ea


Corporate Dues (recommended for 3+ from same company)




Amount Due

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Ralph Reed Scholarship Contribution (optional) $ TOTAL DUE PAYMENT INFORMATION ____ Enclosed is a check made payable to IOWPA ($50 fee for returned checks) ____ Credit Card: ___MasterCard



Card Number____________________________________________________ Expires__________

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Company________________________________________________________ Email for reciept:__________________________________________________ Mail form to: Indiana Onsite Wastewater Professional Association 7915 S. Emerson Avenue, Suite 132, Indianapolis, IN 46237 Fax form to: 317-534-3460 or email indianaonsitewastewater@gmail.com Questions, call IOWPA at 317-965-1859


***************************** Attend both days — earn 10 CEUs ***************************** Attend Tuesday or Wednesday — earn 5 CEUs each day ***************************** Attend Wednesday afternoon’s Annual Committee Meeting for an additional 5 CEUs *****************************

If for any reason you cannot attend, all registration fees will be considered a donation to IOWPA— a not-for-profit organization. IOWPA NEWS • WINTER 2019 11


HOTEL & DIRECTIONS Additional Area Hotels


There are several additional area hotels – however, we do not have a special rate or block of rooms. These hotels are within walking distance of the Courtyard by Marriott in addition to several restaurants.

Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis South 4650 Southport Crossing Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46237 (approximately 5 miles south of conference center)

On Marriott side of Southport Road: Fairfield Inn by Marriott 4505 Southport Crossing Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46237 Reservations: 317.888.5535

Reservations: 317.885.9799 — Ask for IOWPA group rate (DO NOT CALL TOLL FREE NUMBER) Rate: $110 Single/Double plus 17% hotel tax https://www.marriott.com/indsp This hotel has a bistro style restaurant and bar – breakfast NOT included, however, a continental breakfast will be provided at the conference each morning. Cut off date: December 30, 2020 for guaranteed rate.

Primo Banquet and Conference Center 2615 E. National Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227 DIRECTIONS: EXIT 107 located at I-65 South and Keystone Avenue, just south of downtown Indianapolis.

Quality Inn (formerly Best Western) 4450 Southport Crossing Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46237 Reservations: 317.888.5588

Across the street on Cracker Barrel side of Southport Road Baymont Inn 4402 E. Creek View Dr, Indpls., IN 46237 Reservations: 317.762.3788 Comfort Suites Southport 4125 Kildeer Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46237 Reservations: 623.748.7610

SPONSOR (AS OF 11/27/19)

EXHIBITORS (AS OF 11/27/19) Accurate Laser Systems, Inc



AK Industries / Hydro-Action


Refreshment Break Sponsor for a Tuesday and Wednesday

Cash Concrete Products

Presby Environmental, Inc

Drainage Solutions, Inc

Tuf-Tite, Inc

Eljen Corporation

Watermark Engineered Product Sales, Inc

Imperial Industries, Inc Infiltrator Water Technologies KAF Sales & Marketing Associates, LLC


Country Inn & Suites 4325 Southport Crossing Way, Indpls, IN Reservations: 317.859.6666

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Clarus Environmental / Zoeller Company

INTERESTED IN EXHIBITING OR SPONSORSHIPS? Contact Jane Breeding, indianaonsitewastewater@gmail.com 317-965-1859

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NOWRA Mega-Conference Review Alice Quinn Indiana State Department of Health


he Onsite Wastewater Industry Event of the Year.” This is how the 2019 NOWRA MegaConference was advertised. Did it live up to its advertisement? It sure did! I am so thankful that IOWPA voted to send me to the Mega-Conference this year, which was held in beautiful Loveland, Colorado on October 13-16, 2019. The location was absolutely beautiful and the weather was gorgeous. I had never been to Colorado, and the vivid landscape and the contrasting topographic features were enough to make me think I was being allowed to have my septic tank and use it too! But when the topic of the conference is sewage, it was as if my septic tank had watertight risers and an outlet filter too! Speakers ranged from national experts in the on-site industry to state on-site program directors and top ranked manufacturers to professor emeritus’ and graduate research assistants with exciting new topics of study, and the session topics were just as diverse. The attendees were also disparate and represented nearly every facet of the on-site industry. I know there are other conferences and expos that have on-site sewage disposal as a component, and it is exciting to see and hear national and international speakers, but this conference was a bit different. State and local regulators, researchers and manufacturers all dealing with the same struggles, difficulties, new technologies, and exciting trends came together to share stories, good and bad, and learn about advances solely in the field of on-site sewage treatment. The opening sessions on the first day of the conference were not to be missed. With five keynote speakers, the conference opened with flair equal to none. Dr. Robert Siegrist, PhD, PE, BCEE, is a University Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science and Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and also a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Among his long list of accomplishments, Dr. Siegrist 14

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is author of over 300 technical papers and three books. After reading some of his publications, I was very excited to hear him speak at the mega-conference. Dr. Siegrist spoke on Decentralized Water Reclamation, the topic of his newest book. The possibilities in this field of study are astounding and very exciting for the world of wastewater treatment and reclamation. Another keynote speaker that I was very eager to hear was Dr. David Dyjack, Dr.PH, CIH, who is NEHA’s executive director. Dr. Dyjack spoke on the critical partnership between environmental health and on-site wastewater, a topic often overlooked by the typical practitioner. All five keynote speakers were excellent, but these two were by far my favorites! After the opening sessions on the morning of day one, there were five tracks of speakers to choose from in the afternoon and on the second day. As an IOWPA representative, I tried to choose sessions that would be most beneficial to the IOWPA membership and the Hoosier homeowners whom we serve. However, this was extremely hard to do, as most of the sessions sounded interesting and were relevant to the industry. It was hard to pick just one session to attend during each timeslot. I targeted multiple sessions that provided information on funding of decentralized systems. I was able to hear first-hand about

EPA’s Decentralized Wastewater Program and about how NOWRA has been working with the Congress to ensure future funding for decentralized wastewater projects. Currently, the decentralized industry gets only about 2¢ of every $5 of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund monies. With nearly 25% of the nation’s population being served by decentralized systems, the appropriation of funding appears to be much skewed against the decentralized industry. Just imagine where the Indiana on-site industry could go with even a bit more funding for research, technological advances, and assistance to homeowners! It is exciting to ponder the possibilities! I also attended a session that discussed challenges and solutions for on-site systems in the Alabama Black Belt. In this very economically depressed part of Alabama, they also have the challenge of very difficult soils that are not conducive to providing adequate treatment and dispersal of wastewater. Due to the economics in the area, sewer is not financially feasible. The challenges that they deal with in the inherent soils of the area are similar in nature to the challenges we face in Indiana with recessional moraine soils and high shrink/swell clays. It was very interesting to learn how other states deal with some of these same issues. Lastly, because public health is a matter that I take to heart, I also attended a couple of sessions dealing with the public health aspects of sewage disposal with decentralized systems. Dr. Sara Heger, from the University of Minnesota (and who is speaking at the upcoming IOWPA Annual Conference in February), spoke about Chemicals of Emerging Concern, and Dr. Sergio Abit, State Onsite Specialist from Oklahoma, spoke about the subsurface fate of wastewater

New Belgium Brewery: The aeration basin at the New Belgium Brewery’s on-site treatment system in Fort Collins, Colorado.

contaminants. Both sessions were very informative and made me realize that we public health regulators tend to think of pathogenic organisms (such as bacteria, viruses and other disease causing organisms) as the sole risk to public health from on-site wastewater treatment. While the fate of pathogenic organisms in on-site systems has been studied and well documented and is generally accepted as being lowered to an acceptable risk level with the use of a properly functioning on-site system, other contaminants such as personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and nutrients (phosphorus, nitrogen and other pollutants) have not been studied as in-depth as pathogenic organisms. On-site sewage systems, with continued use, have the capability of concentrating these contaminants in the soil and in water sources. The fate of these chemicals is largely unknown and undocumented. Both Dr. Heger and Dr. Abit are studying the fate of these contaminants, which is the first phase of learning how to adequately deal with these environmental concerns and potential public health threats. The third day of the conference was dedicated to the option of attending one of

two field trips set up for the conference. I chose to attend a full-day field trip, which concentrated on systems designed to treat very high strength waste, and tours were provided for both the facilities as well as the wastewater treatment systems for each. In the morning, we visited the NOOSA Yoghurt Facility (which has now become a favorite of mine!). This facility makes an assortment of flavored yogurts from milk, honey and fruit, and it all begins with the cows that are housed on-site. That’s right, they milk the cows to get the milk to make the yogurt, which is then processed, packaged and shipped all over the world, all from this family-owned operation. Of course, I loved seeing the cows and calves at the farm, but the large-scale wastewater treatment plant was very efficient and interesting, albeit stinky! The on-site treatment processes were so efficient that the facility is allowed to discharge the treated wastewater into a nearby river… of course, testing requirements and contaminant limits are in place. We also toured the New Belgium Brewery including their on-site wastewater treatment facility. This is a technologically advanced system developed by the brewery’s owner to be

extremely efficient and very cost effective. The wastewater from the brewery is also very high strength and is completely treated onsite. Of course, we had to sample some of their product… just to make sure we clearly understood the composition and strength of their waste product! Sampling was all in the name of science. They have a method for capturing methane for energy production that is so efficient that they can actually produce enough energy for their operation on a regular basis. That’s right; they are making money on treating their own waste! The 2019 Mega-Conference was a joint effort of the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, the National Association of Wastewater Technicians, the State Onsite Regulators Association, and the Colorado Professionals in Onsite Wastewater. I again thank IOWPA for the opportunity afforded to me to attend this conference. It was truly a professionally and educationally enlightening event for me. The 2020 Mega-Conference has been set for October 25–28 in Hampton, Virginia. That’s only a 10.5-hour drive from Indy!!


Member Profile: Denise H. Wright

Taking a Moment to Look Back Denise H. Wright, Indiana State Department of Health


y parents got experience dealing with my two older brothers before I joined the family in 1964. Our family lived in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, 45 minutes from Wrigley Field, and I grew up in a happy neighborhood. There were so many kids in the neighborhood my age, and we had such great times playing Chicago mushball in the streets, cruising the whole town as a bicycle gang, and hanging out NOT getting into trouble. My brothers followed my father’s example and joined the Marines. So when both brothers went to Okinawa to serve our country, suddenly, I was the only child at home. Four years later my Mom removed the two-star service flag from the window, and the Daniels were once again back together. Both of my parents encouraged me to participate in band, ballet, and athletics. My love for athletic competition kicked in early with softball pitching. My poor Dad caught more pitching practice than any father should ever endure. Pitching provided two-fold competition; first with my execution of pitches and second, winning the battle against the batter. My parents were always there with encouragement and honest assessment. Hard work, repetition, and determination were their mantras for me.

Denise H. Wright (center) helps educate the public about septics at a 2018 SepticSmart Week event. Photo courtesy Pete Sabo.

My parents encouraged me to work toward my goal of an athletic scholarship. I went to high school with so many talented athletes. I was inspired by their hard work, their success in their sport, and them reaching their goals. Athletics taught me great life lessons. I am a proud benefactor of Title IX funding for female athletes. I attended Ball State University, studied Natural Resources-Water Quality, pitched for the Division 1 Cardinals, and graduated in four years. I am a proud and active BSU alumna. I interviewed for several local health department openings and was first hired at the Grant County Health Department. I loved this job! No two days were ever the same. I met my first mentor, Tim Decker who encouraged me and always provided guidance with complicated OSS cases. I made the transition from perc tests to soil profile evaluations while at the county, and I had the opportunity to talk with so many people that did not share my interest in applying science to OSS design. The position was challenging and a time of huge professional growth. I started regulation at the state level with Indiana Department of Environmental Management, but it was not a good fit. I applied and made the transfer to a new field position opening in Sanitary Engineering at Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). I started at ISDH as a field staffer with my territory being half the state, then reduced to one-third of the state, and finally, to just a quarter of the state. The reduced territory area was necessitated by the ever-increasing world of 16

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Denise helped educate the public at numerous events around the state. In this photo, Denise poses with a young visitor to the Indiana State Fair exhibit, Pathways to Water Quality.

onsite and the science and technology that accompanied it. After the passing of Tim Decker, I morphed into his position as the Training Officer. I was blessed to work for my second mentor, Alan M. Dunn, who was the epitome of professionalism and integrity. In my early years at ISDH, I married and started a family. Having a baby boy was such an awesome experience and I’ve enjoyed almost every minute of it. Tanner continues to be a blessing to my life. In 2020, my son will be graduating from college and getting married. This will once again be a time of evolution and great change for me.

In her free time in North Carolina, Denise is challenging herself with learning new hobbies. She is hooked on surf fishing for now.

While I have relocated to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to care for my Mom, I continue to work for ISDH as a contract employee. I am so fortunate to have this opportunity to serve Hoosiers and my peers during this dynamic time in the OSS industry. I have been blessed by this career and enriched by so many of the people I’ve met. It has been a continual experience of learning for me and it fulfills my professional passion. Thank you for this opportunity to share something about myself. An enriched life and blessed professional calling is really all about the relationships we foster along the way.


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What’s the Best Toilet Paper for Septic Systems? Jim Kneiszel, Pumper Magazine This article originally appeared in Pumper Magazine in October 2019 and is reprinted here with permission by Pumper Magazine and COLE Publishing.


esearch shows tissues break up about the same in laboratory tests, but experience tells pumpers that’s not necessarily true. For some folks, the brand and type of toilet paper to use is an intensely personal choice. When something comes between the user’s hand and the source of human waste, product brand loyalty may be difficult to shake. I suspect most people head for the same packaging every time when they reach the paper products aisle at their favorite grocery story. They might go for the cuddly bear family, the baby angel with wings, the quilting pattern or look for marketing terms like soft, velvet or comfort. Pumpers might not be so quick to fall for the many bathroom-tissue marketing messages that fight for the consumer’s attention. You care more about results after the flush. How do different types of toilet papers move through the plumbing and react once they reach the septic system? What brands and ply configurations most often bring you out on emergency calls? Given your experience with thousands of septic tanks, the question for you is: Do you recommend specific brands of toilet paper to your customers based on what you believe are issues of breakdown performance in the tank?


Many pumpers have strong opinions and believe sharing their considerable experience with customers is part of their service, according to Kim Seipp, education coordinator for the National Association of Wastewater Technicians and part of the pumping family for High Plains Sanitation Service in Strasburg, Colorado. “We do advise people to stay away from the heavier toilet paper. You’re going to have more problems with the thick, strong, supercushy and plush toilet paper that people want to use,” Seipp says. Her husband, Jeff, can identify three brands of toilet paper when he goes out on an emergency clog call: Charmin, Cottonelle and Quilted Northern. And they recommend using less-plush, oneand two-ply tissue, which they say causes fewer problems. But not so fast, says Sara Heger, Ph.D., engineer, researcher and instructor of the Onsite Sewage Treatment Program at the Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota. A few years ago, Heger co-authored a study, Biodegradability Analysis of Toilet Papers and Flushed Paper Product Under Anaerobic Conditions, on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT wanted to know the optimal tissue to order for the state’s more than 100 highway rest stops with highvolume onsite systems. The 10-page study illuminated experiments on the biodegradability of a dozen brands and types of toilet paper using “a widely accepted and standardized” biomethane potential test, or BMT. Light microscopy images were taken of the samples to


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determine fiber structure; and volatile solids, total solids and moisture content were gauged to evaluate anaerobic digestibility and biogas production. Three papers showed the highest degradability in the MnDOT study in this order: Quilted Northern Ultra Plush, Equate Flushable Wipes and Kleenex - Kimberly Clark Professional. However, Heger says the study ultimately showed all samples performed about the same. “The bottom line is there was no difference on how they broke down under anaerobic conditions. I think any opinions or recommendations about toilet paper are just that,” Heger says. “MnDOT was hoping to see a difference and make buying decisions based on (the study), but since there wasn’t any, they leave it up to regional staff (to choose toilet paper).” OPEN TO DEBATE

But Heger says something that seems to leave the door open for pumpers to develop strong opinions … and ultimately share their feelings with septic system users. “Based on (the study) and the lack of other information, I don’t know how pumpers could recommend one versus another unless they have personal experience,” Heger says. According to the study, “It is important to mention that the operational parameters and the environmental conditions of septic systems are different from the conditions used in this experiment. … In addition,

the loading rate (i.e., amount of paper flushed into the septic system) has not been taken into account for this specific test. These results can be used as a reference on which toilet paper would have the higher biodegradation. However, the specific degradation would depend on the specific conditions and operation of a specific system.”

“If you have a flat line or a long line with any bowing in it, that slows the flow,” Seipp says. The slow-moving waste stream — exacerbated by low-flow plumbing fixtures and efficient appliances like clothes and dishwashers — lead to buildups. Lighter paper will help, but if the homeowner isn’t ready for one-ply, the Seipps have other recommendations.

Or as the Seipps might explain it in plain English, seeing is believing.

“We’ve had customers who don’t want to give up their Charmin, and if (clogging) is a problem for them, get the tank pumped more often,” Seipp says. “If there are problems, Jeff will tell people to take a 5-gallon bucket of water and pour it down the toilet once a week to give it a good clean-out.”

“When you put a piece of toilet paper into a solution, it’s going to dissolve, but the problem is the way people use toilet paper and what happens in the tank,” Kim Seipp says. “A lot of people use a bunch of toilet paper at once, and that leads to problems in the waste stream.” To their way of thinking, bigger clumps of thicker toilet paper increase the potential for chronic trouble in the septic system. Bigger clumps happen when using the plusher papers, but the type of user in each home is also a factor, she says. On an emergency call, they’ll ask who’s flushing the toilet. Families with teenage daughters and younger children tend to introduce more paper into the plumbing, and that’s where the recommendation for generic single- or double-ply tissue is most important, she says. CHECK THE PLUMBING

But it’s not always user habits that lead to problems. Seipp says flatter plumbing runs and tanks with a concrete inlet baffle rather than a sanitary tee often account for the paper dams that cause backups. They noticed a big difference when they moved from the mountain region of Colorado to the plains, where pipe runs are naturally flatter and water moves slower through the system. The Seipps observe that paper moves more efficiently into the tank and breaks up better in systems with a sanitary tee. These are more common in their region, but when they find a paper problem, it’s often when clumps get hung up around the concrete inlet baffle and don’t land properly in the tank.

Seipp says the plusher brands are unmistakable when you open the tank; Cottonelle, for example, appears like cotton balls in the septic tank, and others exhibit unique textures. When do you know you should choose a different paper? “When they start advertising how many quarters it can hold or how soft and plush it is,” she says.

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Seipp trust the observations of pumpers. “I know what we see in the field can be very different than what they find in research,” she says. So how do you handle the toilet paper discussion with customers? Do you tell them to ditch the comfort they know and love to keep their pipes clear? Or tell them to ration the squares with the teenagers at home? Share your list of the best and worst toilet paper at editor@pumper.com and we’ll compare notes.

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The Switch

From Regulator to Installer to Soil Scientist

A Man of Many Hats or How I Became the “Dirt Boy” Don Schnoebelen, Schnoebelen’s Soil Consulting My journey into the world of on-site began in 1979. I graduated from Purdue in 1979 with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Health Sciences specializing in water quality control. Because I was unable to find a job in my field, I accepted employment with the Elkhart County Health Department. Little did I know this decision would develop into a 40+ year career working in almost all capacities of the on-site wastewater disposal industry. Back in those days at a local health department, we were general environmentalists or sanitarians as most were labeled. We worked in all aspects doing restaurant inspections, septic inspections, and handling “public health” complaints. I most enjoyed the septic system side of things as I loved to be outdoors and really did not care to go in and inspect restaurants and tell people what was wrong with their operations. There came a time after about six months, when the person who oversaw the on-site program decided to go to Purdue to work on their on-site wastewater grant program and I was asked if I was interested in his position, because no one else was interested. Of course, I accepted. I trained with a Soil Scientist, Wayne Stanger, from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) and became entrusted with site evaluations for soils that were rated severe for septic installations according to the soils manual. Also, I accompanied any soil scientist that came into Elkhart County to do evaluations to learn as much as I could about soils

to supplement the meager soils classes I attended while at Purdue (two lower level classes on pedology.) For seven years I was the go-to guy in Elkhart County for septic systems all the while still responsible for restaurants and other duties. Then came a change at the manager’s position of the Environmental Health Department so it was time to change hats. I took a job with a septic tank cleaning company who also installed new and repaired systems. It was quite a change from a “regulator” to an installer. As time went on, I learned more about septic systems in my first year than I did in seven years with the health department. Things like two tiles on end for a septic tank; where the lids are located on each make and size of septic tank; how to “dance the dog”; and why some systems just did not seem to work. This along with the practical experience of installing absorption field trenches and how to effectively and efficiently do so under any condition were invaluable information. But after four years, I felt as though I was missing out on the education that I had received and when approached by the Elkhart County Health Department I decided it was once again time to change hats. In the spring of 1990, I again accepted employment with the Elkhart County Health Department and after about four months became supervisor of foods and onsite programs. As time wore on, it became apparent that specialization was the wave of the future and so I chose on-site as my responsibility. I supervised the program for some 16 years.

Once again, I met with soil scientists that ventured into Elkhart County such as Denver Farmer, Tim Jones, Larry Huber, and ISDH soil scientist, Jerry Thomas. This plus training from Gus Jorden and Rex Brock of NRCS, honed in my skills as a soil scientist. In 2001, I obtained my Indiana Registry of Soil Scientists (IRSS) Licensing and continued to do soils work for Elkhart County. But after 16 years with the County Health Department, the promise of something new overwhelmed me and once gain it was time to change hats. Since 2005, I have owned and operated Schnoebelen’s Soil Consulting. I do site evaluations in central northern Indiana combining years of experience as a regulator, installer, and soil scientist with a thorough understanding of the process to help clients get the best system for their money. If in 1979 you had suggested that I would spend my entire adult life working in sewage or dirt, I would have said you are crazy. But it seems like I found my niche in life because I love what I do and that is all one can ask out of life.

If you or someone you know made “The Switch” and are willing to share your experience, please email us at indianaonsitewastewater@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from more people. Thanks!


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IOWPA 2020 Board of Directors Call for Nominees The bylaws require no less than six (6) and no more than nine (9) directors in addition to the four (4) officers for a total of ten (10) to thirteen (13) board positions.

Please note: • All board communications are via electronic mail and it is recommended they attend a minimum of two board meetings/conference calls per year. • Each board position is for a three-year term with staggered terms. Please acquire the approval of the person you wish to nominate and write their name and company below: 1)_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2)_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ 3)_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ 4)_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ 5)_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Send your nominations to IOWPA via fax: 317-534-3460 -or- email: indianaonsitewastewater@gmail.com Nominees may be submitted on this form and/or taken from the floor during the IOWPA Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 21 at 12:45 pm. This meeting is held in conjunction with the IOWPA Annual Conference and Trade Show at Primo Banquet and Conference Center, 2615 E. National Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227.

Site Preparation Photos Needed for Conference On Day 2 of the IOWPA Conference (January 22, 2020 at 10:00 am) IOWPA will be providing a session on Site Preparation. This topic has been requested many times and we are going to make it happen. However, WE NEED YOUR HELP! We need pictures of site preparation, good and bad, to be submitted prior to the conference so that we can include them in the presentation and have comment on the pictures. This will be a great presentation for audience input. Photos can be of site disturbance (ruts, materials or vehicles on top of the soil absorption field area, etc.), plowing, tree removal, trench or bed excavation, smearing, compaction, dispersal area concerns, or anything else you consider to be site preparation issues including equipment used for site preparation. This presentation will only be as good as what our members submit. Please send all photos to Alice Quinn at alquinn@isdh.in.gov no later than January 13, 2020, but the earlier you submit them, the better for the conference planners. Please only send a few pictures at a time as size limits on incoming emails are in place, and make sure the resolution is good. Alice will send a confirmation email indicating photos have been received. If you do not get a confirmation email within a day, the pictures did not come through, so please resend them in smaller groups. To the right are two example photos, but please feel free to send any photos

related to site preparation.


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IOWPA News, Winter 2019  

The quarterly publication of the Indiana Onsite Wastewater Professionals Association. In this issue: NOWRA Mega-Conference Review; Member P...

IOWPA News, Winter 2019  

The quarterly publication of the Indiana Onsite Wastewater Professionals Association. In this issue: NOWRA Mega-Conference Review; Member P...

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