CPOW has decided to dust off our writing skills and re-introduce the CPOW Newsletter. This issue is the first of what we hope will become a regular quarterly newsletter. In future issues, look for expanded information topics from the CPOW Board and sector representatives. Your feedback and suggestions are welcomed.

Along with this newsletter CPOW  is introducing our newly designed website - www.CPOW.net.  The new website will offer more information and resources for members, including a member’s only section with additional materials.

CPOW has an exciting and busy year coming up. As the counties are adopting new regulations statewide, CPOW is preparing training and education courses to help prepare us for the changes. Warren Brown and Roy Laws are putting together a CPOW Soils course for submittal to CDPHE, and Kim Seipp is putting together and presenting NAWT training courses throughout the year.  CPOW is also teaming with NOWRA to put on an annual conference in November.

I would like to thank the CPOW board members, past and present, for their hard work and dedication to the Onsite Industry.  Countless hours of volunteer time have been spent to get CPOW where it is today, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of professionals. 

Jennifer Migliorato

CPOW President

CPOW Annual Conference

Thank you for attending the 2014 CPOW Annual Conference. We are proud to have been able to bring together members of our industry from across the state to share ideas, solutions and success stories. All conference materials can be accessed on the CPOW website by logging in with your membership credentials.

Please take a moment to fill out our quick online survey regarding your conference experience. Your feedback is important to us as we strive to improve this annual event.

Click here for survey

On-Site Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Regulation status update from the Water Quality Control Division

  • Regulation 43 went into effect on June 30, 2013
  • Each Local Public Health Agency has until June 30, 2014 to adopt regulations that are at least as stringent as Reg. 43
  • As of February 13, 2014, eight counties had submitted to the Division for review of their regulations.
  • Of the eight (8) submittals, two counties have conducted their public hearing and have submitted to the Division for final approval of their regulations.
  • To date, regulations have been received in three different formats:
    • Revised regulations that include all required items within Reg. 43, but follow a format that is specific to that individual county
    • Reg. 43 is used as the base document for the local regulation. Edits are made as are required to meet the specifications of that individual county
    • A base template, which was provided by the Division, is used to establish the local regulation. This template adopts Reg. 43 by reference. Note, this template is used only by those counties that will not allow reductions in the size of the soil treatment area or reductions in isolation distances subsequent to the use of higher level treatment systems
    • There are several “opt-in / opt-out” decisions that each individual county needs to make. Each county has an option on how they choose to implement certain sections of Reg. 43 and these decisions will be defined within their regulation. Examples of these items are: flow rates, licensing of systems contractors, renewable permits, use of privies, etc…
    • Regulation 43 also requires that septic tank manufactures submit to the Division for approval of each of their individual septic tanks that they provide. Once submitted and approved, each approved tank will be added to an approval list that will be available on the Division’s webpage.
    • Regulation 43 also requires that manufactures of proprietary treatment, distribution, and remediation products submit to the Division for approval of their products. Once submitted and approved, each approved product will be added to an approval list that will be available on the Division’s webpage.

Be sure to become familiar with the specific regulations within the county or counties that you conduct business. While many things are similar, there are also some significant changes from the old ISDS guidelines compared to the new OWTS regulations.

Chuck Cousino, REHS
On-site Wastewater Treatment Systems Coordinator WQCD / CDPHE

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Remember to register online.

Soil Science Society of American - SSSA Conference, April 7, 2014, Albuquerque, NM

NAWT Training, May 22-23, 2014, Colorado Springs, CO

NOWRA Conference, November 2014, Denver, CO.  We are excited to announce that CPOW will be teaming with NOWRA for a joint conference in 2014 that will take the place of the 2015 CPOW Annual Education Conference.

Thank you

As always, we want to thank you - our members and sustaining members for your commitment to taking the wastewater industry in Colorado to a new level.