Why Manure Transfer Systems are Becoming Detrimental in your Ag Project Planning
Once again this year we are seeing a high number of inspections and reviews
conducted by the Ministry of the Environment, in cooperation with OMAFRA on manure handling for existing farm businesses and new facility construction. In all instances of these Nutrient Management audits, the regulatory authorities require review by an engineer. The purpose of this engineer’s general review is not to “certify” the installation, but rather to ensure that the transfer system is installed in general conformance with the engineered plans. It is the responsibility of the owner and/or general contractor to ensure they have engineered design for the transfer system and to contact an engineer for the required inspections. If the installation is being performed by a third party, ensure they contact the engineer directly. Ideally, the engineering inspection would occur at a time when the pipe is in the process of being installed and the connections/seals at either end are in place.
If you are planning a new facility or expanding on an existing one, we always recommend to our clients that they ensure the transfer system design and onsite inspections/review is included in their planning. Doing a little planning and preparation during the design process will save money and possibly a lot of additional work if you have to involve an engineer after your facility has been constructed.
We have provided helpful links on your Nutrient Management through our website (here) to help in the planning and understanding of your Nutrient Management Strategy. To discover how Stonecrest can help you with the design and/or review of your new or existing manure transfer system, please contact our office toll free at 1-855-625-8025 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.