As spring approaches, individuals looking to build homes on acreages are required to design a septic system. It is part of the planning and permitting process required by Alberta Municipal Affairs. A professional septic system design directly affects the performance and longevity of a septic system and property. Learn more here.


Calgary, AB, 2 March 2022 — Septic field design is crucial for residential or commercial property development and planning. A trained septic system designer will inspect the onsite soil and other factors before designing the septic system. Whether you have a new project or a renovation, a qualified septic system designer will provide a third-party, unbiased design and ensure the future septic system will be up to current standards.

Alberta Municipal Affairs requires all developers and installers to meet specific standards before installing a septic system. While a certified installer may design and install the system, they may overlook potential dangers and risks because they want to install it quickly and get paid. A third-party septic system designer carefully inspects all the required parameters because it is their specialty.

“The reality is that most contractors focus more on the installation side of things with design only a second thought. At Soilworx, we focus on septic system designs. By using our designs, you are getting a third party and unbiased design which must pass the scrutiny of other installers and inspectors,” advised Chad Widmer, the founder, and lead designer at Soilworx.

Septic system design is a huge part of developing residential and commercial houses because the performance and longevity of the system and the general appeal of the property depend on it. A designer must consider the soil type, drainage, the number of rooms, bathrooms, sinks, and expected water usage before designing a septic system. An installer might not know or use all available options like a dedicated designer.  Failure to understand these aspects may lead to a poorly designed septic system that does not fulfill the property’s needs.  If it doesn’t meet current code requirements, this can cause additional delays and costs to the homeowner or developer.

“You must understand the onsite soils and the intended use, as well as the limitations of the site and the system to avoid potential hazards or issues. With proper experience, all of the unique factors involved with your home or development come together to produce a tailored, custom septic system design that will effectively treat your wastewater and protect your surrounding environment. This includes both the septic tank design as well as the septic field design, pumps, piping, and other needed components,” added Widmer.

Soilworx also does a septic inspection for aging properties or for homeowners looking to renovate a house for a sale. Besides renovation or house sale, septic inspections are necessary for property maintenance and smooth wastewater drainage. Property owners should carry out septic inspections as part of their regular home maintenance. Ideally, septic inspections should take place every six to twelve months. 

About Soilworx: Soilworx is an Alberta-based local specialist in wastewater and septic systems. Serving Calgary and surrounding areas, the contractor focuses on septic system design to help residential and commercial developers plan their buildings and facilitate private sewage permit approvals. Soilworx also does septic inspections and offers training to other aspiring designers and installers in the province of Alberta.

Contact Information:

Name: Chad Widmer
Address: Calgary and surrounding area
Phone Number: 403-899-8992