Septic Maintenance Bylaw 3479
Ensuring septic systems are well maintained will help protect our local water quality.
When septic systems malfunction, untreated or partially treated wastewater can be exposed. Untreated wastewater carries dangerous viruses and pathogens that can result in illness and pollution in our community. Malfunctioning septic systems cause contamination of groundwater and local streams, rivers and lakes, as well as contamination of shellfish beds and nutrient enrichment of sensitive water bodies.
Lack of maintenance, such as regular pump-outs, is the number one cause of system failure.
Following the bylaw is simple, and will help protect the marine receiving environment and groundwater supplies in our region from contamination.
What are the requirements for homeowners under Bylaw 3479?
Homeowners with Type 1 Systems
The bylaw requires owners with Type 1 systems to have their septic tank pumped out at least once every five years. Five years is intended to be a maximum time frame. Some systems need more frequent pumping depending on the size of the tank and the conditions in the home.
The septage receiving facility will notify the CRD of your pump out, however owners are advised to keep their receipts as proof of service.
Homeowners with Type 2 or 3 Systems
Owners of Type 2 or Type 3 systems (often package treatment plants) are required to maintain their system according to the maintenance plan for the system, and ensure it is maintained by an Authorized Person at least once per calendar year. Owners should ensure their Authorized Person completes a Certification of Maintenance and sends it in to the CRD. Owners should keep a copy of this form, however, as proof of service.
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