SepticSmart! DVD

Would you like to learn more about how your septic system works?

The DVD features 4 short videos and information about how septic systems work and how to take care of them, as well as newer types of septic systems available for challenging locations. Find out why maintaining your septic system is a good idea that can save you money and protect water quality!

Follow the instructions below to order your free copy of the SepticSmart! DVD.


SepticSmart! Understanding Your Home's Septic System

Is a 12 page booklet that:

  • Illustrates and describes the function and key components of a class 4 rural septic system
  • Describes and lists the advantages and disadvantages of leaching beds and filter beds
  • Provides guidelines on minimum separation distances for leaching or filter beds
  • Outlines best management practices for proper maintenance of a septic system

This new publication (AF139) is available at no charge. Download the PDF version.

New: Rural Septic System Checklist

SepticSmart! Advanced Treatment Systems - Alternatives to Conventional Septic Systems

Almost all residents in rural homes depend upon onsite septic systems to treat household wastewater (sewage). The conventional septic system used across Ontario has two main components: a septic tank and a leaching bed. Conventional septic systems perform very well in a variety of soil types and site situations; however, there are properties where conventional septic systems are not suitable. In these situations, homeowners may turn to advanced treatment systems.

This 12 page booklet provides an introduction to advanced treatment units as well as the type of final distribution and soil treatment that can be used in Ontario.

How Do I Obtain a Book?

Hardcopies of publications can be ordered through ServiceOntario

Online at ServiceOntario Publications

By phone through the ServiceOntario Contact Centre
Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

416-325-3408 (TTY)
1-800-668-9938 Toll-free across Canada
1-800-268-7095 TTY Toll-free across Ontario

Order in person through a public access terminal available at ServiceOntario Centres located across the province

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300


Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 10 November 2011
Last Reviewed: 22 January 2014