Septic Re-Inspection Program
of Tiny septic
re-inspection program was initiated in 2002.
The first phase of inspections were completed in 2009, the second
phase in 2015 and the third phase is currently ongoing.
One may ask why sewage systems need to be re-inspected if any
problems were identified and addressed during the first and second rounds of inspections.
The simplest answer is… safeguarding human health and the
environment. The intention of the program is to be an on-going maintenance
program that continuously identifies and remediates deficient sewage
systems. In addition, there are a number
of sewage systems that were not quite old enough to be part of the program the
last time and that will be inspected this time around.
A properly functioning sewage system is an integral part of any home
or cottage. The septic re-inspection program was undertaken to encourage
regular maintenance of septic systems through mandatory inspections. Every
septic system requires regular maintenance to ensure it is operating
efficiently and safely.
The re-inspection program, undertaken by C.C. Tatham &
Associates' field staff on behalf of the Township of Tiny,
will be identifying possible septic system deficiencies. These include
deficient septic and holding tanks, deficient grey water disposal systems,
effluent above/below operating level of tank, leaching bed issues, lush
vegetation or hard surfaces (i.e. buildings, parking areas, etc.) over the
leaching bed, and other related concerns.
The first stage of the re-inspection program is a visual surface
inspection of the sewage system by C.C. Tatham staff. These inspections will
occur between April and October. The cost of this inspection is $92.55, which is
payable to the Township
of Tiny. If payment is
not received within the fiscal year, the inspection fee will be added to the 2017
property tax bill.
The second stage of the program involves the property owner
arranging for their septic or holding tank to be pumped out by a licensed
sewage hauler. The property owner must request that the hauler provide them with a
written report detailing the condition of the tank at the time of the pump out.
The report is to be submitted to C.C. Tatham & Associates by the owner no
later than September 29, 2017. If the tank was pumped out in 2016 or 2015 and
the owner does not have a written report, they must contact the pumper to obtain a report and submit it. We encourage all owners to obtain and submit pump out reports whenever their tanks are pumped out, even if the program is not in your area.
Prior to the re-inspection program being implemented, a letter will
be sent by the Township to each property owner affected by the program.
The on-going septic re-inspection program is instrumental in
protecting the quality of surface and groundwater in the Township of Tiny. The
program also ensures that sewage system problems are continuously identified
and remediated within the Township for the good of the community as a whole. We appreciate your cooperation with this proactive program.