Total Site applies for bigger septic field
|By Lisa Gervais, Editor and Mark Arike , Staff Writer | April 4, 2018|
With the arrival of spring, people with holding tanks and septic systems that need to be pumped out are wondering who will do it, and where the waste will go.
Haliburton-based company, Total Site Services, has applied to expand its septic spreading operation from four to 10 hectares. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) will have the final say, but recently, Dysart council unanimously approved the processing of a rezoning request application.
“At this point, we believe the proposal complies and conforms with the Provincial Policy Statement and the official plan, but in this case, there have been a number of studies done so [we] are waiting to hear the outcome of the peer review and we will have to go through the public review process,” said senior planner Sue Harrison during a March 26 meeting.
A public meeting to review the proposal will be held in May. Then, a recommendation will be made to council. Dysart Mayor Murray Fearrey said the site is ideal for expansion.
“If there was ever a site in Haliburton County that will do the job, this is the one,” said Fearrey. “This is the absolute perfect site.”
The company has the only approved septage spreading site in the county at the moment. The process involves putting raw, untreated sewage from septic and holding
tanks onto a field. In Dysart, the municipal wastewater treatment plant can only handle a fraction of the population’s waste. If given the go-ahead, the company will create four sewage lagoons on the property, located off Coaldale Drive. There are no lagoons on the site now. They will be able to increase their spreading capacity to 1,500 cubic metres each week. In 2015 and 2016, the business pumped 2,424 and 3,250 square metres of septage, respectively.
In the meantime, Haliburton Septic Pumping’s appeal to the Environmental Review Tribunal, over its spreading field in Algonquin Highlands, is continuing. It lost its environmental complicance approval (ECA) last fall. However, owner Dave Elstone is fighting that decision. A settlement hearing is scheduled for next Friday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Stanhope Firefighters’ Community Hall.
Francis Thomas Contacting also lost the ECA for its spreading field, located behind its office in Carnarvon, last fall. Joe Cox, a controller at Francis Thomas Contracting, said yesterday morning that the company is still pumping out holding tanks and septic systems and “right now, we’re working on contingency plans.”
He said that Algonquin Highlands’ lagoon in Dorset is one option.