Septic Systems Information

Since July 2014, the Municipality of Dysart et al has administered Part 8 of the Ontario Building Code in house. Municipal Building and Septic Inspection staff have been trained and certified and have successfully managed this new part of their portfolio for the past few years.

Part 8 of the Ontario Building Code governs sizing requirements and setback information regarding all classifications of on-site sewage systems. We have created a Site Plan Checklist to assist with designing septic systems. Please bear in mind that Sewage Systems should be designed and installed by qualified professionals, with the exception of homeowners. 

COVID 19 & Septic Systems

Septic owners should be mindful that every septic system has a finite capacity.

If your system is stressed or overloaded beyond its capacity, you could end up with a messy, costly failure.

Self-isolation & shelter-in-place policies can stress septic systems – Are you spending more time at home and trying to keep the Coronavirus at bay? This can increase the load on your septic system. More food is being prepared at home. Many people are washing more dishes.

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Septic Re-inspection Program

Jan 28, 2020

Dysart et al initiated a “level 4” septic re-inspection program which commenced in January 2017. Area #1, which included Kennisis Lake and Little Kennisis Lake, was established as the trial area due to the organization and commitment of the local cottagers association and being the smallest of the 5 areas. Area #1’s trial ended in December 2019. The staff has provided updates through regular reports to Council.

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Septic Know How—It’s All About the Water

Maintaining the Effectiveness of Your Septic System

The quality of the water in the Redstone lakes (Includes Bitter Lake, Burdock Lake, Coleman Lake, Pelaw Lake, Little Redstone, and Redstone Lakes) remains a concern to many property owners. Often individual property owners are left wondering what they can do to help improve, or at least maintain, the quality of our lake water going forward. The two most important steps property owners can take are ensuring their shoreline is as natural as possible and that their septic system is operating as effectively as possible.


Septic Health

Septic Systems are the single largest polluter of our lakes.  All systems pollute, but the more efficiently your septic system operates, the less pollution goes into the environment.

Please visit CHA’s Septic Health for a comprehensive overview of septics and their efficient operation and maintenance.


Check out this video. Poop Talk, it’s all about the water

Learn more about your septic system and its environmental impact.

Septic Inspection Contractors

Official List from Dysart Check here for the latest qualified/Authorised inspectors