Septic Systems

Septic System

Construction, Maintenance and Funding.

In rural areas people commonly use a septic system to treat household wastewater – all water that flows down your drains eventually ends up there. Septic systems must be able to safely handle household wastewater to prevent contamination of ground and surface water.

Landowners can benefit from familiarizing themselves with the operation and location of their septic system as well as current maintenance and building code regulations. Funding and incentive programs for septic systems are very limited. Septic system failure can be extremely inconvenient, very expensive, and in many cases is avoidable with proper maintenance.

Contact a CVC Stewardship Coordinator to learn more about managing or upgrading your septic system.


New regulations and higher standards may mean that your septic system needs to be repaired, upgraded or in some cases, replaced.  Landowners should review all rules and regulations before constructing a new septic system, and have licensed septic designers/installers do the work.

It is important to have a septic system that meets the needs of your family.  If your septic system has to handle too much wastewater, it will not be as effective as it could be, and may cause premature failure. Septic system failure can be extremely inconvenient and expensive.

If you wish to obtain further information or to apply for a permit to undertake a project on your property, please contact our planning department.  Please note that a permit from CVC does not replace building permits or any other permits issued through municipal offices or from other agencies.  It is recommended that you contact your local municipality for information on additional approvals that may be required.

Find a Septic System Contractor:
Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association

Ontario Association of Sewage Industry Services

Concrete Precasters Association of Ontario



To properly operate and maintain a septic system, landowners need to be careful about what goes down their drains, and have their system regularly pumped and inspected.  Improper use and maintenance of your septic system may result in expensive system failure and pollute drinking water supplies.


In specific situations funding and incentive programs may be available to landowners to assist in septic system repairs and replacement. Landowners will benefit from reviewing all rules, regulations and funding incentives when considering constructing and maintaining a septic system.

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