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  or

 * Source: Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction