Septics and Wastewater - director needed!

Be Septic Smart

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.

Septic Reviews

A septic review / inspection will let you know the health of your septic system and 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. For an idea of what a septic system inspection is like, check out the video Understanding Your Cottage Country Septic System. This video, provided by the Federation of Ontario Cottager’s Associations (FOCA) is very informative.

Geoff Gordon was on the lake in July for the first round of septic reviews. Reviews were done at a rate of $175 per system. They are confidential between the owner and the reviewer. Everyone who worked with Geoff found it to be very helpful. One cottage owner has given permission to post her Septic Report Template, for your information. 

If you are interested in having your system reviewed, you may contact Geoff directly at 613-334-9050 or email

Checking your Septic Yourself

This .pdf provides very detailed information for cottage owners who want to do their own yearly septic tank checks:

Septic Pumping

Citadel Home Inspections and Kawartha Utilities have been on the lake for septic pumping in past summers. If you are interested in this service – 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).

If you would like to read more about septic systems, check out this handy guide produced by The Canadian Government.

Get Pumped!

For more information on septics, septic inspections and how to get your septic pumped go through our booklet below.


Downloadable booklet

Get Pumped (pdf)