The Mississippi Rideau Septic System Office (MRSSO) provides septic system approvals in Tay Valley Township on behalf of the Mississippi Valley and Rideau Valley Conservation Authorities.
Before building or renovating your home or cottage you must consult with the septic office to determine if a permit is required. Sewage system approval may be required prior to a building permit being issued.
Septic Tank Maintenance is Your Responsibility
Sewage systems require maintenance. As a property owner, it is your responsibility to have your septic tank maintained and pumped out on a regular basis. Studies have shown that routine pumping of a septic tank is necessary for proper performance and treatment of wastewater. Faulty systems may lead to costly repairs and the compromise of water quality and public health.
If you have not had your septic tank pumped out within the last 3 to 5 years, please act responsibly and hire a licensed septic tank hauler to pump out your tank. Routine pumping will provide you with peace of mind knowing that your septic tank is in good working order and capable of properly handling wastewater from your home.
Septic System Re-Inspection Program
Malfunctioning on-site sewage systems can have both human health and environmental impacts beyond the property on which it is located. Nutrient and bacteria-rich effluent can travel through soil and rock fractures to surface water bodies, and ground water sources. Contamination of surface water can cause excessive aquatic plant growth, depletion of oxygen in lakes, and impact the natural habitat for aquatic species. Ground water contamination can cause illness and even death. This makes it crucial that property owners be aware of the location and operation of their septic system. Under the Ontario Building Code it is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that their sewage system is working properly, not only for their health, but also that of the surrounding community and environment.
Tay Valley Township has led the way locally for the sewage system re-inspection program as well as other initiatives that work towards protecting the quality of surface and ground water. Since the sewage system re-inspection pilot program in 2000, the Township has now inspected over 1,500 waterfront properties. The program combines the education of the homeowner regarding the maintenance of their sewage system with an inspection component. A follow-up component is also essential to ensure that the program effectively manages identified sewage system problems.
Voluntary versus Mandatory
In 2012, the decision was made to modify the voluntary septic system re-inspection program to include a discretionary program with mandatory inspections.
The steps taken for the septic re-inspection program are exactly the same for the voluntary and mandatory programs. The only difference is that property owners under the mandatory component will be required to participate in the program when their property has been identified, whereas property owners under the voluntary component can choose whether or not to participate.
The mandatory re-inspection program applies to all properties located on the following water bodies:
- Adam Lake, Bennett Lake, Bob’s Lake, Farren Lake, Long Lake, Otty Lake, Pike Lake
The voluntary re-inspection program encompasses properties located on over 70 lakes in the following townships: