Norton Engineering Inc. is Canada's national sewer expert.
Barbara A. Robinson, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., a professional engineer specializing in all aspects of sewer systems, established Norton Engineering Inc. in 2015. Norton conceived of and brought to fruition the first two national sewer documents in Canada, “Reducing the Risk of I/I in New Construction” (2019) and “Developing an Efficient and Cost-Effective I/I Program” (2021), by Standards Council of Canada. Norton also works with the National Research Council on sewer standards issues (particularly as related to the building codes).
Norton has produced dozens of guidelines, papers, presentations, etc. on all aspects of the design, construction, inspection, testing and acceptance of sewer systems. Barbara has become fluent with building codes in Canada as they relate to private side sewers (50% of the total length of sewers in our systems) and is constantly advocating for improvements to reduce I/I risk. Barbara is solicited to author, contribute to, or review most provincial and national I/I and urban flood protection documents. She is constantly contacted by media, residents, contractors, developers, insurers, and municipal, regional, provincial and federal government representatives for sewer advice and input. She is followed by sewer experts from across North America and around the world.
Norton speaks frequently and widely to a variety of lay audiences, teaching them about their sewer, how to maintain it, and how to reduce the risk of flooding at home, while benefitting the whole City sewer system.
Norton on TVO's the Agenda
Norton talks with Steve Paikin of the Agenda, about private side sewers and how residents can reduce their risk of flood substantially, while at the same time protecting City sewers, pumping stations and wastewater treatment plants.
Norton introduces the new "Sewers are Not Trash Cans" program to Steve. See below. This concept is a game changer for sewers.
The white box contains clean paper bags - it is NOT a trash can!
On this CTV spot, Norton explains to residents that women's washroom stalls do not contain trash cans, so that menstrual products (and flushable wipes and incontinence products) are being flushed out of necessity. This is substantially increasing the risk of flooding for all, and the costs of operating our sewer systems. This material must be sent to the landfill, and when we flush
Environmental Science & Engineering
In this article, Norton presents some of her best practices for reducing private side I/I (these are all new). The new national sewer standard seed document, "Developing an Efficient and Effective I/I Program" (Norton & ICLR, 2021), emphasizes how essential a private side I/I program - 60% of our I/I occurs on the private side.
This article contains practical, efficient and cost-effective solutions to private side I/I, developed since the standard was written.
HOT OFF THE PRESS: Sewers are NOT Trash Cans
Norton has developed these 5" by 7" by 1/8" stall signs made of vinyl applied to 3mil of aluminum. We simply add your City logo, and start attaching them inside all stalls using epoxy or glue. $20. each. Not suitable for outdoor use. Order them today by contacting Norton directly; 50 sign minimum.
The name "Norton" is synonymous with sewer workers. Listen to our theme song from "The Honeymooners".
Norton's extensive expertise in sewers stems largely from the fact that I go into sewers, constantly. And, I have become fluent with the Building and Plumbing Codes in Canada, since 60% of the leakage occurs on the private side, governed by the Building and Plumbing Codes.