Engineering Technologies Canada Ltd. (ETC) was pleased to have been retained by Hartshire Holdings to design a state-of-the-art, cost effective and green onsite sewage system for the Burnside Community Care Home in Clyde River, PEI.
The new Burnside Community Care Facility in Clyde River, PEI
The new 40 bed community care home will feature both single and double-bed rooms. The building has three levels, wheelchair accessible showers, dining room, community room, a chapel, beauty salon, activity room and two lounges.
The beautifully landscaped grounds will feature a courtyard, screened-in deck, veranda, walking trail and a garden.
However, Owner Alan MacPhee also took significant steps to ensure the facility would be environmentally friendly with respect to how wastewater was treated. Being located in a rural area meant that the facility could not simply be connected to a city sewer system, it would need to have its own onsite sewage treatment system. Mr. MacPhee was aware of ETC’s expertise with rural wastewater management. Early in the planning process he engaged ETC to assess the subsurface soil, rock and groundwater conditions, and look into various options for an onsite sewage system. Continue reading →
Engineering Technologies Canada Ltd. has an immediate opening for a Junior to Intermediate Engineering Technician/Technologist within our Consulting Engineering Division located in the Stratford Business Park, Stratford, PEI.
This diverse position offers the opportunity to join an award-winning engineering firm known for its innovative solutions to rural water and wastewater challenges. In this role you will be involved in many different areas of civil and geo-environmental engineering, and enjoy significant variety in your daily routine.
Working closely with the President/Senior Civil Engineer, you will provide technical, design support and construction phase services in several areas including:
soil and site assessments for subdivision approvals and decentralized (on-site) sewage systems,
on-site and cluster sewage system design (commercial, industrial, recreational and residential),
community water and wastewater servicing studies
wastewater servicing feasiblity studies
alternative sewer collection (eg. STEG, STEP) design
innovative/alternative wastewater treatment system design
land-based effluent dispersal system design.
Significant experience and proficiency with AutoCad is a must, and experience with GIS software is a definite asset.
This is our understanding of the current policies regarding the various licenses issued by the PEI Dept. of Environment related to on-site sewage disposal.
In summary, the Department issues site assesors licenses ($250), septic contractors licenses ($250) and septic installers licenses ($25).
The septic contractors license ($250) is generally issued to the owner of a company. Only the contractor can select a system from the guideline document. He can not design a system. Only Engineers can design a system. To obtain a contractors license you must have a site assessors license (see below) and a pass mark on the Department’s contractor’s license exam. License is good for 2 years and is to be renewed on April 1 of the year it is due. It is also required to attend a meeting/seminar at least once in the two year period.
An installers license ($25) is issued to an employee of the company (someone who has the knowledge of how to install a system but has not written an exam). Essentially he/she is just an employee of the company and is registered with the Department as an installer. He must also attend one of the PEI Department of Environment’s seminar/meetings once every two years to be qualified. License is good for 2 years and is to be renewed on April 1 of the year it is due.
New applicants for a site assessors license ($250) must have two years of post secondary education in a related field, and take a course on soils and site assessments that is acceptable to the Department, and pass the course exam. Pass mark is determined in consultation with the Department. The license is good for 2 years and is to be renewed on April 1 of the year it is due.
UPDATE (April 25, 2013):We recently received the following updated information on the department’s requirements for a Site Assessor’s license.
Section 5(3) of the new regulations states that the Minister may grant a site assessors license to an applicant without post secondary education, if the applicant has practical work experience in a related field and meets the requirements of section 5(2).A review of each applicant’s experience would be performed by the Minister on a case-by-case basis to see if they would qualify.
The Department currently does not have a course in place for contractors or installers and has no plans to do any training. In the past an applicant would challenge the exam they have on file and if they passed, the department issued a license. That has changed because new contractor’s licenses will only be issued to a person already holding a site assesors license.
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Question 1 of 12
Which of the following CanSIS/CSSC soil textures is not likely to be encountered in PEI?
Question 2 of 12
For a flat lot, which of the following soil profiles is preferred for septic systems?
Question 3 of 12
Which term is not used to describe the grade of soil structure?
Question 4 of 12
How is soil having a granular structure often described?
Question 5 of 12
Which of the following would not cause significant errors in the results of a permeability test?
Question 6 of 12
What soil Category is likely to apply to the following soil profile? 12 cm rootmat; 52 cm loose, Loamy Sand; 90 cm dense, structureless Loam (Kfs = 6 x 10-5 cm/sec); Sandstone bedrock. No sign of groundwater.
Question 7 of 12
Which of the following is not one of the textural classes according to the Canadian System of Soil Classification?
Question 8 of 12
When preparing the well hole for a field permeameter test, how many turns should you make with a hand auger before emptying it?
Question 9 of 12
What is the proper way to make a soil ribbon during the “ribbon test”?
Question 10 of 12
A gray horizon underlying a black horizon at the ground surface would be an indication of what?
Question 11 of 12
Which soil texture has highest sand content?
Question 12 of 12
A lot was categorized at the time of subdivision approval as Category 1. Is another test pit required by PEIDOE in the immediate vicinity of the disposal field?
The Village of Victoria, PE is a quaint, rural village and picturesque tourist destination with many period buildings, artisans, restaurants and a bustling waterfront. Residential lots were subdivided in the mid 1800s and most are not large enough to … Continue reading →
On the rugged coast of Southern New Brunswick overlooking the Bay of Fundy, the majestic Hopewell Rocks attract more than 200,000 visitors annually. They come to stand in awe of the towering rock formations created by the natural forces of erosion and the highest tides in the world. A new Tidal Exploration Centre had been built with an Interpretive Centre, a 120 seat full service restaurant and public washroom facilities for the over 4000 people per day who visit the site. However, when the new Centre opened in the Summer of 1998, an acceptable means of managing wastewater had still not been found and Park operators had to truck thousands of gallons of sewage off the site every day.
Engineering Technologies Canada Ltd. (ETC) was retained to find an appropriate and affordable wastewater management solution that would be acceptable to Provincial regulators. Criteria for the on-site sewage system were as follows:
Zero discharge of effluent to the Bay of Fundy;
● Minimize impact on the site, no additional tree clearing;
● Should not require highly skilled operators;
● Modular, easy to expand
ETC recommended and designed a Recirculating Sand Filter (RSF) to treat the wastewater to advanced secondary levels. Fractional horsepower effluent pumps micro-dose an open filter bed constructed of coarse sand. The treatment process is extremely low rate and very stable. When properly operated and maintained,
the sand should never need to be replaced. The proven RSF system was the first of its kind in New Brunswick.
Achieving a zero discharge system for the treated effluent would also prove to be a challenge as the site was overlain with less than 1 metre of glacial till soil on top of massive, conglomerate bedrock. A Subsurface Drip Irrigation(SDI) system was designed to maximize the ability of the site to absorb the crystal clear effluent from the RSF. The specialized drip tubing was buried 150 mm below the ground surface which avoided problems caused by hazardous aerosol sprays. Effluent is applied in small regular doses, 24 hours per day, which optimizes its uptake by the mature trees, vegetation and biologically active rootmat layer.
The SDI effluent dispersal system was the first such system in Canada. The Park’s regular maintenance staff operate and maintain both the RSF and SDI systems without the need for additional highly skilled operators. SERCO was the recipient of several national and international awards for environmental achievement. They credit these awards in part to their environmentally friendly, sewage treatment and effluent dispersal systems.
Engineered Septic System Elementary School, Donagh, PEI
Client: PEI Dept. Transportation and Public Works
Engineering Technologies Canada Ltd. (ETC) has developed and refined a state-of-the-art, pressurized HDPE Leaching Chamber septic system design.
Each system is customized to suit the specific soil, rock, groundwater conditions and topography so that it blends into the existing landscape.
The ease with which the system can be expanded is made possible through the use of an innovative Distributing Valve first introduced to the Maritimes by ETC engineers. Inspection and Maintenance Ports ensure the system is easy to monitor and maintain.
This system has provided cost effective on-site sewage treatment and disposal for numerous commercial, recreational and institutional developments such as this new school in Donagh,PEI.
The Brudenell Fairway Chalets are located in Roseneath, Prince Edward Island. This rural development provides some of the most beautiful lodgings on PEI and required a practical, low maintenance and cost effective sewer servicing solution. The wastewater collection and treatment system is composed of three components: a septic tank effluent gravity (STEG) sewer, a mainline effluent pumping station and a pressurized HDPE leaching chamber disposal field. The most significant feature of the effluent sewer is that septic tanks provide primary treatment upstream of each connection. The effluent sewer was less expensive, easier to install and is less prone to infiltration than conventional sewers. The collection sewer drains into an effluent pumping station. Septic tank effluent is pressure dosed to an HDPE InfiltratorTM Leaching Chamber Disposal Field centrally located in a recreational area. The disposal field was designed as three separate zones. Each zone is dosed intermittently and sequentially using a
mechanical distributing value.This innovative value also makes it easy to expand the
disposal field in the future by installing additional zones.