Membership Benefits

SOWMA members continue to strengthen and shape the onsite wastewater industry through their role as important stewards of the environment and key players in rural land use planning.

The SOWMA continues to grow with its membership of over 1000 onsite wastewater professionals.

  • Influencing provincial and municipal regulations

SOWMA Board and Committee Members represent all members by participating in and sitting on a variety of committees and boards both provincially and nationally.

  • Setting the national standard for onsite training. The SOWMA training program is recognized throughout Canada as the premier onsite wastewater certification program.
  • Influencing provincial and municipal regulations. The SOWMA participates in a variety of stakeholder groups that provide input to policy makers when regulatory changes that impact the onsite wastewater are being considered.
  • Influencing land use planning in Western Canada. The SOWMA administration consults with local, regional & provincial governing agencies providing information on onsite wastewater technologies and resources to help them build effective and sustainable wastewater treatment and disposal policies.
  • Spearheading onsite system research and development. The SOWMA participates in ongoing research on onsite technologies.
  • Public education and consultation. A key component of having a healthy and effective onsite industry is ensuring that homeowners have access to the information they need to make sound decisions regarding their onsite wastewater systems. The SOWMA provides that information to the general public, acting as a resource and providing referrals to our member professionals.
  • Holding industry information and networking sessions. The SOWMA will continue regional meetings in order to maintain open lines of communication with our membership.
  • Monthly newsletters are emailed or mailed out, keeping members abreast with advancements in the onsite industry.
  • Semi-annual industry magazine.

On the business front, members can benefit from:

  • Website listing – Members are listed on our website directory in the regions in which they work.  Homeowners utilize this directory service daily to locate contractors in their area.
  • Referral service – The SOWMA regularly receives calls from homeowners requesting referrals to contractors in their region.  The SOWMA only refers callers to SOWMA members.
  • Online Member Forum – Pose technical questions on onsite wastewater issues and discuss solutions with fellow practitioners and professionals.  Network with your fellow members.
  • Customized business insurance programs through Lloyd Sadd or the Sustainable Infrastructure Society. This insurance program provides those coverages not generally available through business insurance such as Errors and Omissions coverage and Pollution Liability.
  • Office Supply Discount Program – Every company has an office to provide infrastructure to their business and every office uses business supplies. Through a partnership with Staples Advantage/Corporate Express, SOWMA members may take advantage of savings of 60% or more on stationery and shop supplies. Staples Advantage/Corporate Express delivers your order right to your door, saving you time. Because options are a good thing, members can also choose to take advantage of a partnership with Grand & Toy Office Max.  This program offers discounted office supplies, free delivery, and Max Bucks.  Members can save up to 65% on stationery and office supplies. Even if your small office uses only $1000/year in supplies, a savings of 60% more than pays for your annual association membership fees.
  • Credit card processing. If you have customers that want to pay with a major credit card, and you do not have the capability of accepting credit card payments, then let us process that payment for you. Keep that cash flow moving by using our credit card processing service.
  • You can save 10% on work clothes by presenting the wallet card included in your membership package at the till with your purchases from any Mark’s outlet.
  • Complimentary subscription to Onsite Installer Magazine.
  • Soils Sampling – We have partnered with three great companies, giving you options for soils testing. Take advantage of member discounts for soil sampling with either of the following companies: CARO Analytical Labs (587-333-7925), Down To Earth Labs (403-328-1133), or ALS Environmental Labs (306-668-8370).
  • A Group Health Plan with Lane Quinn Benefit Consultants to help you with prescriptions, eyeglasses, dental, critical illnesses and other coverages you may require.

Over the course of 2019, the SOWMA will continue to build its business service discount program incentives for members, so stay tuned for even more benefits to come.

SOWMA members also benefit from their affiliation with the Western Canada Onsite Wastewater Management Association, enabling them to access membership benefits, training and marketing opportunities across the four Western Provinces.