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Welcome to Norton Engineering Inc.

We love sewers.
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible . St. Francis of Assisi 

Norton's corporate mission is to make sewers better, for my children and grandchildren (75 years :)), and yours. I work on the next highest impact inititative, regardless if paid or not.

Remember, I make all of my work, including powerpoint presentations, etc., public. Feel free to use and disseminate my material. That's what I wrote it for. Download stuff here.

Barbara A. Robinson, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., has been a professional engineer specializing in all aspects of sewer systems, for 32 years. Barbara founded Norton Engineering Inc. in 2015, largely to address the issue of new subdivision sewers leaking unacceptably. This research has evolved to the point that Norton now consults on all national sewer standards work, and Norton's recommendations have been widely adopted across Canada.

Norton provides boutique engineering services to dozens of municipal governments across Canada, as well as provincial and federal governments and agencies, assisting them with finding solutions to the issue of I/I in both existing and new sewers, on each of the public and private sides. Norton also works for other consultants, developers, lawyers, and contractors. 

Norton's body of work includes two distinct categories:

Reducing the risk of leakage (inflow/infiltration or I/I) in new sewer construction

Managing leakage (I/I) for the life of the sewer system

on each of 

the public side (owned and operated by the municipality) and

the private side (owned but seldom operated by the homeowner)

This work has culminated in national standards of Canada, the first of their kind for sewers, as follows:  

Reducing the Risk of I/I in New Construction, a National Foundational Document 

Barbara Robinson, Dan Sandink and David Lapp, SCC, 2019


Developing an Efficient and Cost-Effective Inflow and Infiltration (I/I) Program, a National Foundational Document

Barbara Robinson and Dan Sandink, SCC, 2021

I have worked as a paid infrastructure columnist for CBC Radio since 2016, speaking on the morning shows on a wide range of infrastructure and engineering issues. I frequently provides background for, or appears in, other print, radio and TV media speaking to infrastructure issues.

And you thought shit flowed downhill and payday was Friday!

The name "Norton" is synonymous with sewer workers. Listen to our theme song from "The Honeymooners".

Contact Information 

Barbara A. Robinson, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., President and Founder

Norton Engineering Inc.

We love sewers.

Email: [email protected]