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Nova Scotia first province to demand training for the septic tank industry

AMHERST - Cleaning up the septic tank industry was the reason the Nova Scotia Government made Nova Scotia the first province in Canada to offer mandatory training courses to septic tank professionals.
Almost one year into the program Colin Sears, owner and operator of Tuxedo Septic Cleaning, wouldn't have it any other way.
Sears, who returned from a training course in Truro Monday said, "It puts everybody on the same playing field. Everybody, from one person to the next, has to follow the same rules and regulations."
"It makes us look more professional," Sears said. "We have to have a decent truck and we have to have gear that looks good and that is suitable for travelling on public roads. With the certification we don't have a lot of old clunkers driving up and down the road."
The new standards have also made the industry more consistent right across the board Sears said.
"You use to always hear something different down the road. Your neighbour would say do this, the next person would say do that, but with the regulations right in front of you, you know exactly what you're allowed to do and what you're not allowed to do."
The changes couldn't have come soon enough, Sears added.
"We were probably so far behind in the environmental industry, it was time to look at everything we've done and try to straighten it out as soon as possible."
Certification is something other provinces should take a serious look at as well, Sears said.
"New Brunswick and P.E.I aren't certified so I believe we are further ahead of them."
Sears said he doesn't mind having to be re-certified every year because the industry is rapidly changing for the better.
"With environmental as our top concern, there's always more environmental stuff we have to be made aware of," Sears said. "The schooling you get every year tells you what regulations have changed. The changes have been great for the industry."

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Government

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Canada, Truro New Brunswick

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