Most Basement Swimming Pools Can Be Prevented Through Pro-Active Sewer and Pipeline Assessment

How would you like to wake up one morning and find that your basement was turned into a swimming pool? Can’t happen to you? Think again:

  • In 2005, a severe rainfall in Greater Toronto caused extensive overland flood and sewer backup damages, resulting in the most costly storm damage in Ontario’s history.*
  • From 2004-06, heavy rainfall events in the City of Hamilton caused significant overland flood and sewer backup damages.*
  • In a 2002 report, 42% of the municipalities surveyed reported that basement flooding occurred several times per year, and 92% reported basement flooding  at least once every several years.*

The solution is easy: municipalities must proactively inspect and assess their sewers and pipelines to prevent sewer backups and drinking water contamination. The problem: many municipality employees lack the necessary training to administer maintenance inspection programs.

To meet this growing need, CSA Group, a leading standards development & training organization, and NASSCO, the National Association of Sewer Service Companies, are pleased to announce a joint agreement to provide greater availability to the Pipeline Assessment and Certification Program (PACP) training for field construction professionals, engineers, technicians, CCTV installers & operators, administrators, and inspectors to assess and rehabilitate underground infrastructure.

CSA Group and NASSCO offer these joint programs:

  • Pipeline Assessment and Certification Program (PACP) – Two-day program teaching participants how to create a comprehensive database to properly identify, plan, prioritize, manage and renovate their pipelines based on standardized coding and data management practices.
  •  Manhole Assessment Certification Programs (MACP) / Lateral Assessment Certification Programs (LACP) – Upon successful completion of PACP, individuals are eligible for this one-day course, split into two sessions:
    •  MACP: Teaches participants how to report defects and features of manholes while taking into account the complexity of manhole structures.
    • LACP: Addresses the key differences between laterals and mainline pipes –primarily the different lateral fittings and access methods.

 For additional information and to register for these training programs, go to shop.csa.ca  or www.NASSCO.org.

 * Source: Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

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