ss-programbug-plainSeptic systems are an important wastewater treatment option for homeowners in the capital region. Also known as onsite wastewater treatment systems, they provide household disposal of wastewater where sewers are either unavailable or too expensive.

If your system is working properly, it is an environmentally friendly and economically sound treatment option.

Be Septic Savvy: Protect, Inspect, Maintain

Print Materials

Household Practices

Video Clips

For more information on the care and maintenance of residential septic systems view the following video clips for homeowners.

Bylaw 3479

A Bylaw is in effect in Colwood, Langford, Saanich and View Royal:

Win a Free Septic System Inspection

Capital region residents can enter to win a free septic system inspection. The inspection will include a full written report on the condition of your system and make recommendations for maintenance and improvements. Contest closes September 27.

Chances of winning depend on the number of people who enter.

Island Health (VIHA)

The health authority holds records of septic system installation and repairs, investigates septic complaints, and enforces orders for repairs if there is a health hazard in the community (raw sewage being exposed).

Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC (ASTTBC)

Certifies Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioners (ROWP) who can plan, install, maintain or inspect a septic system in BC.

“ROWPs have the competencies to plan, maintain, install and assess septic systems.  We ensure our members meet the required competencies and practice guidelines.” Charles Joyner, Registrar, ASTTBC

Ministry of Health

MoH is responsible for administering the Sewerage System Regulation (SSR), pursuant to the Public Health Act, which governs the design, construction, and maintenance of onsite sewage systems in BC.

“These systems are designed to extensively treat the effluent and disperse it in a manner which effectively safeguards the environment. It’s important for homeowners to understand that regular maintenance is critical.” Rupert Benzon, Land Use Manager, Ministry of Health