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Water Well and Septic System Care

Testing and Maintaining Your Private Well

Did you know that well water testing is free for private home owners through the Heath Unit? Well water should be tested at least three times a year, after a heavy rain or snowmelt. Consistent water samples with zero E. coli /total coliforms help ensure your water is safe to drink. Sampling can also show that household treatment systems are working properly.

Sample bottles are available at the Township Office (450 Park St., Victoria Harbour) and all Tay Township Public Library Branches. Bottles can be dropped off Monday to Thursday from 8:30am to 2:30pm at any Health Unit Office (closest office is B-865 Hugel Avenue, Midland) or the Public Health Laboratory (750 Memorial Ave., Orillia).

For additional information on testing and maintaining your private well call your health connection at 1-877-721-7520 (TOLL-FREE) to speak to a public health inspector or visit:

Properly Caring for Your Septic System

Over time a septic tank accumulates solid material which must be pumped out. Summer and early fall are the best times to have your septic system pumped out. If your drains slow down, or toilets back up, your weeping bed may already be damaged. Septic systems thrive on wastewater, but do not put garbage, grease or chemicals down the drain.

For more information on your septic system call the Tay Township Building Department at 705-534-7248 x220 or visit: