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Gerry Norton has completed an education and training program approved by the BC Onsite Sewage Association (BCOSSA). He is registered with the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia, with his credentials he is a certified planner and installer of septic systems in the Province of British Columbia.

About Us

Gerry Norton is a resident of the Western Communities and has lived in the area for over 40 years. He has operated or been involved with heavy equipment for over 25 years, he is an expert in the operation of a Bob Cat.
Originally his talent led him to the landscaping business but as business prospered he expanded into the installation of septic systems and the hook up of sewer connections and small excavating projects.

Septic Systems

Do you know where the water goes when you empty a sink or flush a toilet? If your home is in a city, the wastewater likely goes into a municipal sanitary sewer system to a sewage treatment plant. If your home is located in a rural area or a small community, you are likely one of the 25 per cent of Canadians whose wastewater is treated by a septic system (also referred to as an onsite wastewater system).

Warning Signs
There are a number of common signs of trouble with septic systems. These include:
Toilets or drains that are backed up or run more slowly than usual.
Foul odours in house or drinking water.
Sogginess in the ground around the septic or leaching bed area.

The purpose of the septic tank is to separate liquids from solids and to provide some breakdown of organic matter in the wastewater. A septic tank is a buried, watertight container made from concrete, polyethylene or fiberglass. In the past, the tank was sometimes made of steel or wood.

The septic field, which is also called a leeching bed, is an underground area where perforated pipes are laid out in rows. The water from the septic tank flows from the pipes and into the surrounding ground where it is cleaned by bacterial and the soil. How fast this works depends on the soil type and the length of the pipes.

Divert Rainwater From the Septic Drainfield
A soggy drainfield won't absorb and neutralize liquid waste.
Plan landscaping, roof gutters and foundation drains so that excess water is diverted away from the septic drainfield.


A typical installation involves first the site plan.
After the site plan has been completed a commencement certificate is submitted to local authority.

Government Regulations

New Provincial Regulations
In British Columbia, the ordinary property owner can no longer do any work on their septic system. As of May 31, 2005, only an authorized person under the BC Health Act can design, plan, construct or do any maintenance work on a sewerage system. An authorized person is a professional or a Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner who has education or experience in sewerage system construction and maintenance.


As a professional Onsite wastewater practitioner, Gerry Norton has the credentials and the experience to provide all of your wastewater concerns. Our primary focus is the installation of septic systems. If the need arises, the repair of systems that are failing.


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