The Comox Valley Regional District is hosting a couple of workshops to address residential septic system maintenance. Photo supplied.

Comox Valley Regional District hosting septic maintenance workshops

It is estimated that more than 9,000 homes in the Comox Valley utilize onsite septic systems.

Septic systems are used in rural areas to treat wastewater where there is no public sewer system. Unfortunately, many home owners are not aware of how to properly maintain their systems.

Regular maintenance and proper care is required to keep septic systems working properly and prevent premature system failure. They can provide effective, long-term wastewater treatment for homes not connected to a sewer system, but can also pose health and environmental risks if not cared for properly. Neglecting your system can also be harmful to your pocketbook as a full system replacement can cost up to $50,000.

Efficient water-use practices and regular pumping and inspection are just some of the important things homeowners should do to keep their systems working properly. It is a homeowner’s responsibility to ensure their septic system is safe and being properly maintained. Homeowners are required under provincial law to ensure their system is not causing a public health hazard.

If you have a septic system you can educate yourself about how to care for it at The Comox Valley Regional District is also offering free septic workshops for homeowners to learn how their systems work, what maintenance is required and what regulations need to be followed.

Workshop details:

Nov. 6, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Oyster River Fire Hall, 2241 Catherwood Road, Black Creek

Nov. 7, 6:30-8 p.m.

Union Bay Hall, 5401 Island Highway South, Union Bay

Attendees will receive an informative presentation followed by a Q&A session. While the workshops are free of charge, participants are encouraged to register, to reserve a space.

To register call 250 334-6000 or email

–Submitted by the Comox Valley Regional District

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