Mandatory Septic Inspections in Wainfleet


The Township of Wainfleet has implemented a mandatory septic system inspection program for the Lakeshore area which has been under a “Boil Water Advisory”.

The program’s purpose is to:

  1. Identify hazards with malfunctioning or insufficient septic systems,
  2. “Monitor ‘at risk’ areas”,
  3. “Prevent pollution to groundwater”, and
  4. “Restore the safety of potable water in the Lakeshore area.”

Here are some highlights of the program.

Scheduled to begin on June 1, 2012, the mandatory Phase 1 inspections are expected to cost $540 per household and will be performed by a municipal inspector.

Zones 1, 2 and 3 on Lakeshore are affected

Identified Zones 1, 2 and 3 along Lakeshore are subject to the mandatory inspections which are expected to take 3 years to complete. After 3 years, the next round of inspections shall start at Zone 1 and continue the cycle again.

Real Estate Transactions to Trigger an Inspection

A real estate sale will cause a mandatory septic inspection by the municipality, regardless of what zone the property is located in. As a result, these properties will be exempt from any further maintenance inspection within the first three years of the program and until the next inspection cycle.

Grandfathered Properties

Newly installed systems, repaired systems and real estate inspections as mentioned above will be grandfathered.

A Phase 2 inspection report may be required

If Phase 1 detected a malfunction, a failure or identified the septic system as being at risk of malfunction or failure, a Phase 2 will be required. This is performed at the owner’s expense within 30 days of the Phase 1 report by a licensed third party approved by the municipality.

Severe cases

Severe cases will require an Order to Comply without the need for a Phase 2 inspection. Installation of a new sewage system shall also be at the homeowner’s expense. For more information, download the entire BYLAW NO. 009-2012from the Township of Wainfleet website.

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