Welcome to the Ontario Rural Wastewater Centre!

The ORWC has been promoting the use of environmentally sustainable wastewater treatment approaches for rural and unsewered areas since 1997. We’ve done that through training, applied research and testing in a variety of venues and with a range of partners. We are the premier provider for training in the field of on-site system design, installation and maintenance in Ontario and provide courses from Thunder Bay to Ottawa.

Browse our website to sign up for courses, see what our current research activities are or access our other on-site resources and links.  Or if you have a question, feel free to drop a line or an email to one of our staff and we’ll do what we can to help.


 Partners University of Guelph Campus d'Alfred School of Engineering


2016 Training Schedule
We are offering the septic licensing course in Guelph, click here for more details.


2016 Ottawa Courses
We are offering the septic licensing course in Ottawa, click here for more details.



2016 ORWC Septic Installer's Training Day, April 29, 2016


Wipes Manufacturer pulling Claim of Flushability
A major US manufacturer of sanitary wipes is pulling its claim of "flushability". Read more on our Industry Tips page.