The Public Meeting date regarding Sewage Re-Inspections in the Township of Douro-Dummer will be held on Thursday, November 21st, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in Council Chambers (lower level, 894 South Street, Warsaw).

The purpose of the meeting is to receive input on the Township’s sewage re-inspection program. The Township is looking for the public’s input before moving forward, topics to be discussed include the scope of the project, cost recovery for inspections and what the requirements will be for sewage system owners.

If residents and interested parties are unable to attend, they may submit questions by e-mail ahead of the meeting. Questions can be directed to: Brian Fawcett, Chief Building Official brianf@dourodummer.on.ca (705) 652-8392 x 208

This isn’t the first time Council has discussed a septic re-inspection program. At our April 16, 2019 Council meeting we reviewed and approved a report on what a township-led program would look like. Further on May 2, 2019 staff provided an update.

The Federation of Cottagers Associations (FOCA) have been working hard on gathering information from municipalities around the province to establish best practices.

On November 16th, I attended the FOCA Fall Seminar for Lake Associations where there were various presenations on the topic including a presentation of their 2019 Report.

2019 FOCA Septic Reinspection report

There is lots of great additional information from FOCA on their website which I would encourage you to visit to learn more. As well, they partnered with Peterborough Public Health, to create this video so people can get a better understanding of how septic tanks work.

If you have any questions or comments on the matter, I encourage you to attend the meeting or contact me directly.