Sewer Backups and Maintenance

The sanitary sewer mains and connections within the Municipal right of way are maintained and repaired by the Municipality. If you are having a problem with sewage back up at your property please contact Public Works Department immediately.

For more information on Sewer Back Up Policy

What should I flush?

When you use your toilet, shower, washing machine or dishwasher, wastewater leaves your home through pipes that connect to the Town’s sewer system. 

Putting the wrong things down the drain can damage the sewer system, cause sewer backups in your home, and sewer releases to the environment.

Don't Flush This

Here is a list of some things to keep out of the toilet. 

  • disposable diapers
  • tampons and tampon applicators
  • sanitary napkins
  • cotton balls and swabs
  • mini or maxi pads
  • condoms
  • cleaning wipes of any kind
  • contact lenses
  • bandages and bandage wrappings
  • automotive fluids, fuels, oils
  • paint, solvents, sealants and thinners
  • poisons and hazardous waste
  • dental floss
  • medications
  • cigarette butts
  • kitchen fats, oils, grease

Basically, the only things you should ever flush down a toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Even though some products such as wipes and baby diapers claim to be flushable, they aren't !

SEPTIC SYSTEMS

The updated Your Septic System: Protecting Your Investment and the Environment brochure is now available as part of the Source Water Protection Education and Outreach Resource Catalogue. 

This brochure includes information on septic system maintenance, safe operation and the mandatory inspection program. The brochure will help meet the intent of some source protection policies related to the Clean Water Act, which also supports the province's efforts to prepare for climate change.

The brochure and a text-only template for locally-developed materials are available on Conservation Ontario's website. The brochure is also available electronically through the Ontario Rural Wastewater Centre website.  The brochure is available in both English and French.

Reserve print copies will be distributed to source protection authorities that have identified this type of brochure within their education and outreach policies. Additional copies may be obtained through the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Public Information Centre at 416-325-4000, 1-855-565-4923, picemail.moe@ontario.ca, or TTY 1-855-515-2759.