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Mandatory Maintenance Sewage Assessments begin May 25

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April 26, 2016 - The City advises residents living in and around the municipal wells of Sonya, Pleasant Point, Canadiana Shores and Mariposa Estates that Mandatory Maintenance Sewage Assessments are scheduled to take place May 25, 2016 - July 6, 2016. Residents will be mailed a written notification of the dates of inspection affecting their properties.

The Mandatory Maintenance Sewage System Program is intended to support the Ontario Building Codes health & safety‎ and environmental integrity objectives. The requirement for mandatory assessments was a result of recommendations brought forth from the Walkerton Inquiry and the objectives of The Clean Water Act.

The program requires the assessment of sewage systems on properties located immediately adjacent to the vulnerable zone of the Surface Water Intake area and properties located within the identified vulnerable area of a Municipal Wellhead. 

Section 8.9 of the Ontario Building Code (Operation and Maintenance‎) requires that all on-site sewage systems be operated and maintained in accordance with the basis on which their construction was approved. Thus, the mandatory maintenance inspection program is geared to identify systems that aren't being properly maintained and to provide education to home owners to ensure that on-site sewage systems do not cause a public health threat or environmental concerns. 

More information including a 2016 schedule is available on the web site at the following link:


For more information please contact:

Anne Elmhirst C.P.H.I. (C), B.A.Sc., B.Sc.
Supervisor – Part 8 Sewage Systems
Development Services - Building Division
705-324-9411 extension 1882

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