Mandatory Septic Re-Inspection Program
The Township of Minden Hills has implemented a mandatory Septic Re-Inspection Program for its residents. WSP Canada Inc. is administrating the Septic Re-Inspection Program on behalf of the Township and will be starting inspections in 2021. The Septic Re-Inspection Program is a mandatory program that has been initiated by the Township to help preserve and protect surface water and groundwater quality.
For more information or if you have questions about the Program, please contact WSP Canada Inc. at Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 289-984-0448 or the Township’s CBO/MLEO/Planning Supervisor, Colin McKnight at 705-286-1260 ext. 510.
Inspection Schedule Information:
The program is scheduled to run from 2021 to 2025. There are approximately 6,000 properties to be inspected and have been divided into five (5) main inspection zones:
- 2021 - Zone A
- 2022 - Zone B
- 2023 - Zone C
- 2024 - Zones D1, D2 and D3
- 2025 - Zones E1 and E2
Refer to the MH Septic Re-Inspection Zone Map to view the Inspection Zones.
Virtual Information Sessions:
In order to provide additional information and to answer questions, WSP and the Township invite you to our virtual Septic Re-Inspection Program Information Sessions.
Attendance at these sessions are encouraged, but are not mandatory. There is a maximum of 250 attendees for each session. If you are unable to access the first session, please plan to attend the second. The information from the sessions will be made available for viewing afterwards.
Septic Re-Inspection Program Information Sessions
Thursday June 3, 2021 at 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Saturday June 5, 2021 at 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Join Online: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/190811421
Join by Telephone: Call 647-497-9373
Use Access code: 190-811-421
Telephone Instructions: Follow the prompts and select # when asked for an audio code. Enter *6 to mute and/or unmute yourself.
Please note that if you call into the meeting, you will not be able to view the presentation. If joining online you may need to download the GoToMeeting App.
Winter Septic Inspection Information
Winter weather affects on-site sewage installation and inspection. Please factor the following information into project timelines:
- The Township of Minden Hills does not conduct SEPTIC INSPECTIONS during the winter months. If the ground is frozen, or there is snow on the ground, the conditions are not right to conduct a proper inspection. When the weather begins getting cold, please allow adequate time – call the Building/Bylaw/Planning Department to ensure you can obtain an inspection.
- The function and design of on-site sewage systems are highly dependent on construction practices and the proper classification of the native soil on which the system is built. For these reasons, The Township of Minden Hills does not conduct SITE INSPECTIONS to issue sewage permits, or INSTALLATION INSPECTIONS during the winter months.
- Under most circumstances, a site visit is required in order to obtain a septic permit. However, this requirement does vary on a case by case basis, so it is important to contact the Building/Bylaw/Planning Department and to allow sufficient time for your permit approval.
Call the department at 705-286-1260 for more information.
On Site Sewage (Septic) Systems
Prior to June 30, 2014, the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit was contracted by the municipality to enforce Part 8 (On-Site Sewage Systems) of the Ontario Building Code. As of July 1st, 2017, the Township of Minden Hills will has been administering Part 8 in house. Municipal Building Inspectors staff have received current training and certification in preparation for this transfer. Municipal forms relating to on-site sewage systems have been developed and can be downloaded below:
You can also visit Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association for information on onsite sewage systems.