Septage Management Plans

OOWA article

Oct.2017 – Read a perspective from a septage hauler: “Company hosts open house to clear the air regarding septage.” (Haliburton Echo; reproduced in the Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association’s Fall/Winter 2017 Newsletter)

June 2017 – FOCA is participating as members of the MOECC’s Hauled Sewage Policy and Program Review Working Group, alongside technical and policy experts, and municipal representatives. The work of this committee is expected to conclude in early 2018.

February 10, 2017 – The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is seeking comments on its review of the hauled sewage (septage) policy and program.  Septage is the waste material removed from portable toilets, sewage holding tanks and septic systems, currently regulated through Environmental Compliance Approvals issued under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), and through Ontario’s General Waste Management Regulation (R.R. O. 1990, Reg. 347) under the EPA.

MOECC is examining options for addressing environmental impacts and human health concerns associated with hauled sewage management, including its treatment, disposal and beneficial use.

The ministry is considering a range of policy approaches regarding hauled sewage in Ontario, including a province-wide approach to deal with the land application of untreated hauled sewage, and geographically based restrictions.

Some of the questions to help guide this process:

  • What should be done with hauled sewage, treated or untreated?
  • What objective should any septage policy achieve?
  • Are there any potential beneficial uses of hauled sewage that you would like the ministry to consider?
  • Are there any specific hauled sewage treatment technologies that should be considered by the ministry?
  • What specific additional information would you like the ministry to consider as part of this review?

Comment period is from February 10 – May 10, 2017 See full posting with all the details here: EBR Registry Number: 012-9498 

In the Fall/Winter 2015 edition of Onsite (Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association’s Newsletter), FOCA wrote a follow-up to concerns we had previously expressed to MOECC in mid-2015 about the discharge of commercial septic wastes to surface waters, and the spreading of untreated septic wastes on land in cottage country.

Read FOCA’s article in Onsite (Fall/Winter 2015) (PDF, 1 page)

Other News:

February 22, 2017 – Where is the poop in Vernon’s water coming from? Genetic testing aims to find out. City hopes to determine sources, devise plan to control contamination  (CBC News)

Michelle LewinSeptage Management Plans