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Septage Receiving and Pump and Haul Service

Until June 2015, the RDN recovered the cost of treating septage through a $0.18 per gallon disposal fee in combination with a property tax. The RDN has phased out the property tax.

On July 1, 2015, the RDN septage disposal fee increased to $0.23 per gallon to represent the true cost of treating septage and to balance the property tax. Click Here for more information.

Septage Receiving

Approximately 12,000 homes in the RDN use onsite systems, often septic systems, to treat wastewater. Periodically, septic tanks must be pumped out. After a tank is pumped out, septage may be taken to an RDN septage receiving facility for treatment and disposal.

Pump and Haul

braket [ Click Here ] to apply to the RDN for a temporary reduction in septage fees while you switch to pump and haul and have your onsite system repaired.

braket [ Click Here ]to apply for permanent inclusion in the Pump and Haul Service Area
The RDN receives and treats holding tank waste from properties authorized by Island Health (VIHA), formerly Vancouver Island Health Authority, to use pump and haul services. Typically pump and haul services are used by properties with failing onsite systems or for those who cannot connect to public wastewater systems and are unable to obtain a conventional onsite system. Those using pump and haul services install a holding tank on their property which must be regularly pumped out by a septage hauler.

Properties within the Pump and Haul Service Area receive a rate of $0.01 per gallon of sewage.

Information For Septage Haulers

Only septage from within RDN boundaries is accepted at RDN facilities. Each hauler must provide proof where the load came from to discharge to RDN facilities. We randomly sample the septage to ensure prohibited waste substances are not discharged.

Septage haulers must ensure that valid permits exist for pump and haul wastes or they will be charged the full rate of $0.23 per gallon. The RDN audits the receipts to confirm the origin of the trucked wastes.

RDN septage receiving facilities are located at:

Pump and Haul
French Creek Pollution Control Center
957 Lee Road, Parksville
8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday
7:00 am to 3:00 pm, Saturday
8:00 am to 10:00 am, for emergencies only, on Sunday and Statutory Holidays

Chase River Pumping Station
1174 Island Highway, Nanaimo
7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily

Wastewater Services | 6300 Hammond Bay Road | Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N2 | E-mail: rcu@rdn.bc.ca
Telephone: 250-390-6560 (Nanaimo) 250-954-3792 (Oceanside) 1-877-607-4111 (Toll Free)
1-800-862-3429 (Emergency) | 250-390-1542 (Fax)
Last Modified:  Dec 15, 2016
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