Call for Papers

The SOWMA is accepting submissions from onsite wastewater industry experts who wish to present at the 2012 Convention. Interested parties may review the information below or download the call for papers which outlines topics of interest and submission protocols.

SOWMA 2nd Annual Conference
2012 Call for Papers

The Saskatchewan Onsite Waster Management Association (SOWMA) welcomes abstracts for papers to be presented at the SOWMA Annual Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on February 10, 2012. 

The SOWMA annual conference serves the onsite professionals in Saskatchewan and Western Canada by providing the opportunity to learn about the newest information, research, technology, regulatory changes, experiences and practices in their field as well as the opportunity to network with their peers and view the newest technologies available to the industry.

Two types of abstracts are open for considerations:

  1. Technical topics including both case studies with limited data and research projects with a larger data set.
  2. Policy topics dealing with regulation and policy, management issues, etc.


They can be presented in a range of formats:

a)      Poster

b)      30 – 45 minute presentations in either breakout or plenary sessions

c)       Panel discussions and topic seminars 45 minutes to 1 ½ hours

All subject matter relating to decentralized systems is open for submission, including but not limited to:

1.  Technical

  • Influence of onsite systems on the surrounding eco systems
  • Modelling the fate of the wastewater constituents: treatment processes and soil environments
  • Treatment processes: process level understating of commonly used treatment components
  • Innovative products, technologies, and solutions for wastewater treatment
  • Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products
  • Nitrogen related research and case studies
  • Cluster system design and application
  • Reuse case studies and research
  • System performance evaluation
  • Modeling of decentralized systems
  • Soil and site evaluation research and evaluation tools
  • Fundamental decentralized related research


2.  Policy

  • Standards, regulations and policy
  • Effective planning and management
  • Cluster Systems
  • At-Grade Systems
  • Responsible management entities
  • Performance Standards
  • Reuse
  • Education, training and certification
  • Successful planning and management strategies to assure performance
  • Integrated water resource management strategies


Abstract and Paper Deadlines

  1. Abstract submittals are due by November 30, 2011
  2. Abstracts may be submitted by fax to (780) 486-7414, by email to  or by mail to SOWMA, 18303-60th Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6M 1T7.
  3. Confirmation of abstracts submission will be sent via email within one week of the abstract being received.
  4. Individuals will be notified of the Convention Committee’s selection by December 10, 2011 and provided with instructions regarding paper criteria and format.  A draft agenda will also be provided at this time.  This information will also be available on the website at
  5. Approved submittals are to be produced as papers and submitted via email to for review and editing by December 31, 2011.
  6. Comments and/or edited papers will be returned to the author by January 5, 2012.
  7. Final papers must be provided to the SOWMA offices by January 15, 2012 in electronic format to be included in the proceedings and conference.


Submittal Procedures
Please include the following information with your submittal:

  • Title of paper
  • Abstract – 200 to 300 word description of the proposed paper and presentation
  • Name of Lead Author and Presenter
  • Affiliation of Lead Author and Presenter
  • Address of Lead Author and Presenter
  • Phone number and email address of Lead Author/Presenter
  • Names of co-authors, in any.
  • A short biography of Presenter in paragraph form that includes educational degree and description of experience as it relates to the onsite industry.  A photograph should accompany the biography.
  • Abstract Type, i.e.: technical or policy
  • Format for presentation
  • Poster
  • 30 – 45 minute presentations in either breakout or plenary sessions
  • Panel discussions and topic seminars 45 minutes to 1 ½ hours
  • Session topic in which your paper best fits