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BQRAP helps homeowners pump out septics

The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan’s Septic Stewardship Program focuses on homeowners with shoreline property on the Bay of Quinte. The voluntary educational program provides homeowners with a free pump out of their septic tank, an 80 per cent cost sharing incentive on minor repairs to the tank, and helpful advice on the care and maintenance of the system. There is also a free consultation covering best management practices for shorelines.

Most rural properties along the Bay of Quinte probably have a septic system, which are on-site sewage treatment facilities. Homeowners are responsible for the care and maintenance of their septic system.

“When working properly, septic systems can provide a safe and reliable way to treat household wastewater,” said Mary Gunning, Quinte Conservation. “However, if a septic system is not properly cared for it could contaminate the environment, in this case the Bay of Quinte. A failing septic system can add excess phosphorus to nearby waterbodies causing algal blooms and excess plant growth.”

Regular maintenance for a conventional septic system would mean pumping out the tank every three to five years and cleaning out the effluent filter, if one is installed.  If you can’t remember the last time the tank was pumped out, it is probably time to have it done. Proper maintenance and water conservation will help to extend the life of your septic system.

BOQremedialactionplanTo find out more about this program, visit or contact Mary Gunning, Quinte Conservation, 613-968-3434 ext 166, or Emma Perry, Lower Trent Conservation 613-394-3915 ext 247,

The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan is in partnership locally with Lower Trent Conservation and Quinte Conservation

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  1. ADJ says:

    Important to know this “freebie” applies to Bay of Quinte waters only. The other shoreline property owners on this island are not eligible.

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