FAQs

Why recycle bioSolids on agricultural land?

Biosolids are the nutrient rich organic product of wastewater treatment- a never ending resource. We are using biosolids to return valuable nutrients; rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, carbon, potassium and micro-nutrients to the land. As a fertilizer, biosolids retain soil moisture, helping to reduce soil erosion.

Research shows that biosolids enriches soils and keeps them productive and healthy! As a soil enhancer, biosolids can be marketed as dry, pelletized, odourless fertilizer; as green waste compost in which the biosolids are mixed with natural plant materials, or as the garden-variety compost.

What is the purpose of a septic tank?

The purpose of a septic tank is to separate liquids from solids and to provide some breakdown of organic matter in the wastewater. A septic tank is a buried, watertight container made from concrete, polyethylene or fiberglass.

As wastewater from the house enters the septic tank, its velocity slows allowing heavier solids to settle to the bottom and lighter materials to float to the surface. The accumulation of settled solids at the bottom is called “sludge” while the accumulation of lighter solids (greases and fats) which form a mass on the surface is called “scum”.

How does my septic system work?

A properly functioning septic system receives all the wastewater created from household use (including toilets, showers, sinks, dishwashers, washing machine, and so on), treats the wastewater to a safe level, and returns the treated effluent to the ground water system

What do I need to do to keep my septic system working?

Over time, the sludge will build up in the bottom of the septic tank. If the sludge is allowed to accumulate it will eventually flow into the leaching bed and rapidly clog the distribution pipes. Once the pipes become clogged, the wastewater will either seep to the surface of the ground, or worst yet, back up into your house. Not only can a clogged septic system be hazardous to the environment and to your family’s health, it also represents a very expensive repair bill! If you are already having your tank cleaned regularly, there is one main thing you can do, which is to make sure that nothing goes down your drains that will make it more difficult for your system to do its job. Paints, oils, fats, garbage and other substances should be avoided since they kill the “good bacteria” that breaks down the waste in your septic system. Also, having easy access to the septic tank is the first step to routine maintenance. For tanks that are buried in the ground it is a very good idea to install access risers, which extend the tank lids to or near the surface. Should there be a need to access the tank during the winter, risers will make the job much easier.

How often do I need to clean my septic tank?

Experts recommend pumping the tank every 2 to 3 years, this frequency can change depending on the size of your tank and the wastewater demands your family has.

What are some signs that the septic needs to be pumped out, that there may be a blockage, or that there may be a problem with the tile bed?

Some signs that the septic tank needs to be pumped out, that there may be a blockage, or that there may be a problem with the tile bed are:

  1. A gurgling sounds in the septic system
  2. Slow toilets or other fixtures;
  3. Odours coming from plumbing pipes;
  4. Water coming up in sinks, tubs or showers after flushing the toilet or doing a load of laundry;
  5. Seepage in the vicinity of the septic system;
  6. Green stripes or patchy lawn over tile bed.
What needs to be done to prepare for a pump out?

The access lids at either end of the tank, where the baffles are located, must be uncovered. The serviceman will remove them at the time of the pump out. Never inspect or pump out a septic tank yourself. There is no oxygen in the tank for you to breathe and the tank contains deadly methane gas ( produced by the decomposition of organic matter in the tank), which can kill you in only a few seconds-that’s one of the reasons why the tanks are kept sealed.

I am selling my home do I need to have my septic system checked?

It is standard practice to have your septic tank pumped out before the new owners’ take possession of the house.

Do I need my own water source in order to rent a Sink Station or Handwash Toilet?

No, all of our hand washing units are totally self-contained with a separate fresh water holding tank. Simply use the foot pump and begin washing your hands!

How often are the Portable Units cleaned out when out on rental?

Units that are on a monthly rental basis are cleaned, pumped and restocked once a week, this is included in our monthly rental fee. Day/week/weekend rentals are not serviced unless requested and extra service charge would apply.

Contact Us

   Email: westnipissingsanitation@gmail.com

      Contact Phone:  (705) 594-2717

      Address: 694 Olivier Road, Verner, ON P0H 2M0

Hours of Operation

Monday          9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday          9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday    9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday        9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday              9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday         Closed
Sunday           Closed

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