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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
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Onsite Wastewater System Inspector Accreditation course coming to Gaylord

The stinky, filthy, 'honey wagon' pulling in to your yard and sticking a hose in the septic system may be how you still view 'the septic guy' - but the professional wastewater industry takes itself and its responsibilities a lot more seriously than that.

Even though many professional credentials are not required in order to do business in Michigan, reputable wastewater service providers actively pursue them as a mark of just how seriously they take their job. Not many people know the 'septic guy' is required to have 10 MDEQ continuing education credit hours to perform certain aspects of their job.

Onsite Wastewater of Northwest Michigan is making the NSF International Onsite Wastewater System Inspector Accreditation course available to northwest Michigan wastewater providers and public health officials, as well as those who wish to perform home inspections. The $150 course, which qualifies for nine continuing septage credits from Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, will be offered at University Center in Gaylord on April 2 and 3.

NSF International is the recognized symbol found on many products. Its presence assures consumer confidence that a product has met rigorous NSF testing and certification standards. Any service provider who completes both the written and day-long practical exam is then authorized to display that NSF logo. Septic systems appropriately designed, installed, maintained and managed provide an invaluable community infrastructure, public health and environmental service.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For more information about the upcoming Onsite Wastewater System Inspector Accreditation course, visit or contact Dendra J. Best, Executive Director, Onsite Wastewater of Northwest Michigan, at 231-233-1806.