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Septic Inspection Program

We care about the environment and know you do as well. The Huron-Kinloss Community Septic Inspection Program (HK-CSI) program is one way we are protecting our surface and groundwater quality.

Every property with a septic system in the Township is required to have their system inspected once in an eight-year cycle, or every five years if you're within a Wellhead Protection Area. The first cycle started in 2007 and we're currently in the third cycle of inspections that began in 2023.

Call the Township Office at 519-395-3735 if you're due for a septic inspection (or if you have any questions about the program) and we'll be happy to help book you an appointment.

A one-hour time slot is booked for each inspection and here's what you need to know:

  • Please make sure your pets are inside or secured prior to and for the length of the inspection.

  • Our inspector has identification with him and does not need to enter your home.

  • Your system lids must be dug out if they're buried, but don't take the lids off, the inspector will do that.

  • You DO NOT have to have your system pumped for this inspection, but you can arrange to have it done after if you'd like. Generally, systems should be pumped every 3 to 5 years depending on usage.

  • The inspector does a visual inspection of the property and checks levels, filters, and general operation of the system.

You don't have to be present for the inspection, but it's a great idea to be there if you can so the inspector can answer any questions you might have.

No, the program is funded by a flat rate per eligible property on your annual tax bill, so there is no fee charged at the time of inspection.

If you're there for your inspection, the inspector will let you know if he's seen anything that needs attention. Usually it's as simple as:

  • It's time to pump the system.

  • The heavy toilet paper you're using is causing a crust, so maybe consider a different brand.

  • Rinse your filters once a year to help them keep going.

  • Consider installing risers so you don't have to dig out the lids.

Sometimes, something might need repair and you'll need to connect with a contractor to get the work done. A few weeks after your inspection, you'll receive a copy of the Septic Inspection Report for your records. If you need a copy, you can submit a request online to get one. 

The goal of the mandatory inspection program is to help property owners learn about how their septic system works and how to maintain it. Through regular care, we decrease the threat to public health and the environment by identifying repairable issues instead of waiting for big problems that can contaminate soil, ground water and surface water.

For more information about the Source Protection policies and Wellhead Protection Areas, visit the Drinking Water Source Protection website for the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region.

Yes! The first round of inspections took place between 2007 and 2014. There were 3,023 inspections were completed (including properties with multiple systems and follow-up visits).

A summary on the first round of inspections (2007 to 2014) can be found in the HK-CSI Cycle 1 Report.

Cycle 2 summary presentation can be found in the HK-CSI Cycle 2 Report.

For More Information

For more information regarding septic system approvals or complaints regarding faulty septic systems, please contact the Township of Huron-Kinloss by email or phone at 519-395-3735.

Throughout the cycle, annual status reports are brought to Council, and you can read more in most recent 2022 Annual Report.

For additional information on septic systems, visit our blog at: or watch this helpful video that explains the importance of Septic Inspections:

Contact Us

Township of Huron-Kinloss
21 Queen Street
P.O. Box 130
Ripley ON, N0G 2R0

Phone: 519-395-3735
Fax : 519-395-4107

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