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Septic Systems in the RDN

Approximately 12,000 homes in the RDN use onsite systems, often called septic systems, to treat wastewater. Septic systems are an effective wastewater treatment option when they are properly maintained. Maintenance includes regular monitoring, inspection, and tank pump-out.

Maintenance and Repairs

On average, septic systems last 25-30 years. Proper maintenance has a significant impact on how well your septic system works and how long it lasts. Eventually, all systems need to be replaced.

Under the Sewerage System Regulation, only an "Authorized Person" may install or repair a septic system. An Authorized Person is either a Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner, registered by ASTTBC, or a Professional Engineer or Geoscientist registered by APEGBC.

Click here to find an Authorized Person in your area.

Regular Pump-outs

Septic systems generally require a pump-out every 3-5 years. Timing depends on the size of your tank, the number of people in your household, and your daily habits. The RDN regular septage disposal user-rate is $0.23 per Imperial gallon.

SepticSmart Workshops

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The RDN offers free workshops providing tips on how to properly care for your septic system. Participants go home with a free SepticSmart Kit.

All information is general in nature and is not intended to be used as a substitute for appropriate professional advice.

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)