The LWCA is very interested in helping cottagers to maintain their septic systems. Why? Good maintenance of your septic system is the best thing that you can do to protect our lake water quality and to prevent costly repairs and/or replacement.
The LWCA has arranged for Citadel Home Inspections to do septic inspections at a rate of $175 per system. If you would like your septic inspected, you can go to the google link below and sign up by adding your contact information to the list (it automatically saves). You will be notified when the inspector will be coming to the lake, ideally in early June.
This inspection will also let you know if pumping services are required. If your septic tank gets too full, sludge can overflow into your bed where it may cause irreparable damage and require bed replacement.
Septic pumping services can be provided by Kawartha Utilities (1-705-654-4000), contracting directly with cottage owners. You may contact them directly or add your name to the google doc (see link below). Once Kawartha Utilities have a minimum of 10 cottages signed up, a date is arranged for the pumper to come to the lake and you will be contacted by them.
The 2017 rate was as follows: $950 (if 10 systems are pumped), $925 (if 15 systems are pumped), $900 (if 20 or more systems are pumped).
Keep in mind that for either septic inspection or pumping you will need to have both of your hatches uncovered and provide clear directions or a map so that the inspector/pumper can find your tank and field (if you will not be there). The LWCA is only coordinating the inspector/pumper to come to the lake, cottagers contract directly with Citadel Home Inspections and Kawartha Utilities.
If you have any difficulty accessing the google docs sign up sheet, please contact LWCA Director Patricia Milne at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to read more about septic systems, check out this handy guide produced by The Canadian Government.