CHANGES TO THE SEPTIC REINSPECTION PROGRAM IN DYSART ET AL

Dysart et al is making changes to the septic re-inspection program. Following a two year pilot program in the Kennisis Lake Area (Area #1), Dysart et al is introducing changes that they believe will better protect our lake health by addressing potential issues throughout the Municipality in a timely fashion.
With the changes, Dysart et al will still have the most comprehensive septic re-inspection system around as lake health is a priority of Council.
Dysart et al is working on a long term solution to deal with septage waste and hope to make this a reality in the near future, but in the meantime, we still dispose of septage in open fields.
WHAT IS CHANGING?
 Elimination of Mandatory Pump Out
 A Private Contractor will be retained by Municipality who will make appointments for inspections.
 We are aligning our program requirement with neighbouring municipalities
WHY ARE WE CHANGING?
 Based on the results of Area #1, the mandatory pump out was not deemed necessary to determine proper operation of the septic system and provided no additional environmental protection towards our lakes. In contrast, the pump outs contributed towards unnecessary field spreading of septage that would have had no environmental impact if left in the tank to be treated as intended.
 Desire to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the number of unnecessary trips with pumper trucks up and down cottage roads.
 Inspectors will do flow through tests and sludge/scum measures that better indicate the health of the overall system including the bed.
 Desire to ensure we get through the entire system in a reasonable amount of time as this will minimize damage to our overall lake health and allow an ongoing system of re-inspection in the future. The revised program will see a complete review of all of our lakes within a seven year window rather than 13.
WHEN WILL TANKS BE PUMPED?
 Tanks will be pumped if sludge/scum composition and quantity indicate that it is necessary.
 Tanks will be pumped if there is no septic record on file
 Tanks will be pumped if there are visible defects or effluent levels are low within the tank indicating a potential leak
NUMBERS SPEAK
 Total inspected to date = 794
 Minor issues resolved on site = approx. 60
 Major issues that included undersized systems due to extra bedrooms, etc. and failures = approx.140
 Systems working or with minor issues that were pumped needlessly = approx. 650 (average tank size 3000L = 1.9 million litres of septage spread on open fields.

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