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Tuesday, April 11, 2023 | 8:30 am – 3:50 pm AKDT (including a 30-min. break)


Introduction/Overview of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Technologies
Technology and operation of conventional wastewater treatment systems 
Problems with conventional onsite systems 

Definition/Common Terms 

Regulation, Permitting and Sustainability of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems 
Federal, state and local regulation of systems 
Coordinating system regulation with surface and groundwater regulations  
Treatment of systems under LEED certification systems  
Permit requirements and procedures
Permitting procedures 

Evaluating Sites and Setting Treatment Goals  
System boundaries and loadings
Analyzing the receiving environment 
Evaluating landscape and soil types
Nitrogen and pathogen removal  
Treatment/removal of phosphorus and other pollutants 
Mapping the site 

Soils Investigation  
Location and number of test holes
Logging of soil profile (soil classification) 
Groundwater levels and monitor
Percolation testing 
Practice problems 

Estimating Sewage Flows  
Residential flows
Commercial flows 
Example problems (three problems) 

Conventional Treatment System Selection and Design
Types of wastewater systems
Design considerations  
System performance
Initial system design 
Examples (three examples)  

Alternative and Sustainable Treatment Technologies
Aerobic treatment systems
Peat biofilter wastewater treatment systems 
Drip dispersal wastewater disposal systems 
Fixed-activated sludge treatment
Recirculating sand filters 
Trickling filters
Sequencing batch reactors 
Vegetated submerged beds
Enhanced nutrient removal
Stabilization ponds and constructed wetlands 

Management Program for Onsite Wastewater
Treatment systems
Monitoring of systems 
Developing maintenance plans
Inspection procedures
Repair options


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6.5 PDHs 

6.5 HSW CE Hours 

6.5 LU|HSW



Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.5 PDHs for professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. 

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses. 

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 

The International Code Council has approved HalfMoon Education as a Preferred Provider of continuing education (No. 1232). Course approval is pending in the specialty area of Building. 

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed). 

On-Demand Credits
The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request: 

6.5 HSW LUs (AIA) 


Joseph Lawendowski, P.E.

Civil Engineering, EIT, with Pannone Engineering Services LLC, in Anchorage, AK

Mr. Lawendowski specializes in residential structural design and water/wastewater systems, and he is a residential building inspector. He is a longtime Alaskan who retired from the military after more than 23 years of service and has more than five years of engineering and construction experience. Mr. Lawendowski’s background includes experience in design, construction, testing and monitoring of engineered projects. He has worked all over the state of Alaska, including extensive time in the arctic and remote regions. Mr. Lawendowski takes a practical and economical approach to design, taking into account who is going to be doing the construction and how it will be done. He has hands-on experience in the construction of water and wastewater systems, the construction and renovation of buildings and large earth works projects.

Steven R. Pannone, P.E.

Principal of Pannone Engineering Services LLC, in Anchorage, AK

Mr. Pannone is a registered civil engineer specializing in the planning, design and construction of sanitation facilities. He is a lifelong Alaskan with more than 30 years of engineering and construction experience. Mr. Pannone’s background includes experience in survey, design, construction, testing and monitoring of engineered projects. He has worked all over the state of Alaska, including extensive time in the arctic and remote regions. Mr. Pannone takes a practical approach to design, taking into account who is going to be doing the construction and how it will be done. He has hands-on experience in the construction of water and wastewater systems, buildings and large earth works projects. Mr. Pannone is a certified ADEC water/wastewater designer and sanitary surveyor. He is the founder of Pannone Engineering Services LLC. This privately-owned company was founded in February of 1991. The company has specialized in the design, testing and installation of on-site water and wastewater systems. Pannone Engineering Services (PES) has performed engineering designs, analysis and evaluations of water and wastewater systems throughout Alaska. The types of systems have ranged from small single-family septic systems to large commercial systems serving greater than 100 people daily. PES typically tests between 90 and 150 septic systems a year and designs approximately 50 to 75 new or upgraded systems. PES has an excellent working relationship with the Municipality of Anchorage and the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been submitted and is pending. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Septic System Design, Construction and Maintenance in Alaska

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course focuses on the regulation, design, construction and maintenance of septic systems in Alaska. The course begins with a discussion of the technology, regulations and permitting requirements before identifying treatment goals, estimating sewage flows and investigating soils. Then the course will analyze conventional treatment system selection and design, as well as alternative and sustainable treatment technologies. To conclude, the course will cover the management, monitoring, inspection and repair of these systems.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1: Learners will be able to locate, reference and comply with federal, state and local regulations and permitting requirements of onsite wastewater treatment systems.

Learning Objective 2: Learners will be able to evaluate landscapes and soil types, analyze the receiving environment, and adopt strategies to remove nitrogen, phosphorus, pathogens and other pollutants.

Learning Objective 3: Learners will be able to compare and discuss alternative and sustainable treatment technologies, including aerobic systems, peat biofilter systems, drip dispersal, vegetated submerged beds, recirculating sand filters and more.

Learning Objective 4: Learners will be able to develop maintenance plans and programs for onsite wastewater systems, monitor and inspect these systems, and identify repair options.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                             LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Understanding of the principles of wastewater treatment

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.