Nowra Educates Congress about Onsite Benefits

Nowra Educates Congress about Onsite Benefits

The National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA) hosted more than 25 Congress members and their staff on Capitol Hill to educate Congress about the important role the industry plays in wastewater treatment. Rep. Robert Gibbs (R-OH), chairman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, sponsored NOWRA’s [...]

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Putting People First

Putting People First

Most people don’t look forward to pumping grease traps, but the guys at All Cen Tex Septic and Vacuum Pumping can’t wait to get to the World Famous Round Rock Donuts where they are treated with the strange, but delicious yellow concoctions which were highlighted on Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food.” Robert Negrete, owner of [...]

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Common Drainfield Problems

Common Drainfield Problems

There are many signs of drainfield failure, but a homeowner may not recognize them and simply think their tank needs to be pumped. “Wet spots and smells coming from the drainfield area are early signs of failure,” says Jerard Nighorn, vice president of Lenzyme/Trap-Cleer. “Of course backups within the home plumbing system are another sign [...]

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NOWRA Installer Academy

NOWRA Installer Academy

The National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association offers an Installer Academy to ensure best practices nation wide. “By participating in NOWRA’s Education Programs, members gain a learning foundation that continuously builds personal and professional opportunities.” The academy offers the following classes: • Onsite Wastewater A-Z: For the brand new service technicians to the experienced inspectors, there [...]

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Changing the Business Landscape

Changing the Business Landscape

In her article on Entrepreneur.com, Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software explains how she used emerging technology to beat the odds and position the family business for the future. While keeping the core values of the company, Parsons transitioned the company’s main software offering–a Windows-based tool which helped small businesses put together business plans–to [...]

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Wastewater Wreckage

Wastewater Wreckage

During the last 25 years, the South Bay of the Long Island Sound has seen it’s clam harvest decline by 93 percent, destroying an entire industry which accounted for 6,000 jobs. According to the Suffolk County Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan, the clams couldn’t recover from previous harvests because of recurrent brown tides fed primarily [...]

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Purchasing Power

Purchasing Power

In a recent Forbes article, Laurie McCabe, cofounder and partner in research firm SMB Group, said “green technology creates a virtuous cycle that provides small businesses cost savings, market differentiation and a chance to help the environment. We all want to consume more and more technology because it makes our lives easier. But we have [...]

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Common Insurance Problems

Common Insurance Problems

Insurance can help mitigate expenses when there is a major problem or accident. Veteran State Farm Agent Ted Heaton III shares some of the most common insurance issues that can arise for small business owners: NOT KNOWING THE RISKS THAT CAN SHUT DOWN YOUR BUSINESS Know the issues that will shut your business down and [...]

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Don’t Put Your Eggs All In One Basket

Don’t Put Your Eggs All In One Basket

Diversification is all around us–in nature and in business. For a species to survive, it has to diversify and adapt. In nature, species seek different mates to ensure the best survival of their line. Diversifying your stream of revenue is a good way to ensure that your business is successful in any economy. WAYS TO [...]

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SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS CAN LEARN FROM THE MOVIE “DIVERGENT”

SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS CAN LEARN FROM THE MOVIE “DIVERGENT”

This dystopian tale is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago where society is divided into five factions: Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), Dauntless (brave) and Erudite (intelligent). Each faction is focused on that one trait. Sixteen-year-olds must choose which faction they will spend the rest of their lives in. The protagonist, Beatrice (Tris) Prior takes [...]

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THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE ON EARTH

THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE ON EARTH

It seems some of that old Disney magic has rubbed off on Rick Fender and his various businesses in Orlando, Florida throughout the last four decades. As a project manager, Fender cut his teeth on underground utilities with a $3.2 million infrastructure project that spanned six blocks of Orange Avenue through downtown Orlando. The project [...]

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THE PROBLEM WITH GREASE TRAPS

THE PROBLEM WITH GREASE TRAPS

In Austin, Texas grease trap pumping is an expensive endeavor. The two landfill companies that accept it decided to double their prices a few years ago. This causes many chain restaurants to hire pumpers from other cities to pump their grease traps because it is cheaper to have another pumper drive an hour or more, [...]

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Upcoming Events-  For Onsite Wastewater Associations

Upcoming Events- For Onsite Wastewater Associations

Your local onsite association is your best friend. It can connect you with others in the industry, provide training and position you to be the best you can be. Most associations will let you attend their events whether you are a member or not. There are a lot of exciting training events around the country [...]

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