Septic Savvy

How well do you know your septic system?

If your property is not part of a community sewer system, then your household likely relies on an onsite sewage treatment system - otherwise known as a septic system.

Knowing how your septic system works and how to properly maintain it can help with:

  • Protecting the health of your family and neighbours - Septic failure can release untreated wastewater and contaminate groundwater.
  • Preserving property value - A failed or decrepit system can lower your property's value.
  • Protecting the environment - A failed system can release untreated wastewater and pollute nearby creeks, lakes and ocean, affecting wildlife and recreational use of waterways.
Septic System
  • Videos > video clips for homeowners on septic systems, made available by the Capital Regional District
  • Household Information Kit > developed by the Regional District of Nanaimo, this kit will help you to learn about types of systems, maintenance, signs of failure, as well as the importance of water conservation and using environmentally friendly cleaning products. You can also download a template for a septic system maintenance record.
  • How to find your septic tank > a guide from the BC Ministry of Environment.
  • Authorized Persons > an overview of who is authorized to design, construct and maintain your septic system.
  • Sewerage System Regulation > an overview of the regulation by the Ministry of Health.
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority > contact the VIHA office in Duncan if you cannot find your onsite sewage disposal system (septic) site plan, as they may have a record on file.
  • Household cleaners that are septic-friendly > information courtesy of the Georgia Strait Alliance
  • The Septic Savvy workshop outline  > speakers notes are included for your reference