Conservation District to host septic installation workshop

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District will offer a septic system installation workshop designed for contractors, local plumbing inspectors and site evaluators from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday April 2, at the USDA conference room, 735 Main Street in Presque Isle.  

This training qualifies site evaluators, licensed plumbing inspectors and contractors, for both septic system installation and soil erosion and sediment control, for continuing education credits.  Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of attendance.  

For contractors, this workshop qualifies as the course for voluntary certification. Certification is contingent upon satisfactory inspection of two septic systems by a licensed plumbing inspector after completion of the course.  

Topics will include revisions to the SSWWD Rules adopted in 2015, erosion/sediment control, what causes failures and how to avoid them, inspections which can hold things up, the interchangeability of disposal field devices, installer liability, reading and understanding the HHE-200 form, how water moves into and through the soil, septic system hydrology issues, fill extension retaining walls, backfill specifications and history, installing septic system force mains through wetlands, force main stream crossings and septic system-related well contamination case studies, along with issues related to the Natural Resources Protection Act and Mandatory Shoreland Zoning Act.

A $45 pre-registration fee is required.

For more information or to register, please contact Randy Martin at Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District, 760-4602, or email  

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