Most of Ontario’s waterfront property owners rely on on-site wastewater treatment systems to manage our household water. Understanding how our systems work and the importance of maintaining them is important to protect our lakes and rivers from contaminants. View the links below for more information.
New – July 2017 – No mandatory pump outs, inspections being included in the revised (2019) Ontario Building Code. “The Ministry will not be moving forward with the proposals put forth in Phase One of the Building Code consultation which would have required regular inspections, pumping out of septic tanks and keeping of the septic tanks and treatment units’ maintenance records .” For a more complete description of the background and the process to make this decision, please see this article in the Summer 2017 edition of the OOWA magazine. (PDF, 1 page)
- FOCA’s input to the proposed OBC changes can be found here.
- Media coverage: “Rural residents rally against proposed septic changes,” (Thunder Bay News Watch, April 2017)
Septic System Resources:
Need an onsite wastewater expert? Visit the Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association’s “Find an Expert” search tool.
- FOCA article, Managing waste from septic systems – from the Winter 2015/16 edition of Onsite (Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association’s Newsletter)
- Source Protection Plans and Septic Maintenance – Progress, Challenges and Lessons Learned This article provides a summary of current septic system inspection programs across Ontario (source: Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association Newsletter – Summer 2015)
- Help! I need a new Septic System (PDF – excerpt from the FOCA Newsletter, Fall 2011)
- Septic System Factsheet (pdf; 2 pages) (FOCA)
- On‐Site Sewage System Maintenance Inspections (pdf; 7 pages) (MMAH)
- Septic Systems 101 (pdf; 37 pages) ( Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association)
- Find a Septic Expert (Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association)
- Septic Smart Videos (OMAFRA)