What is a Septic System and what does it do?
A septic system is generally made up of two or more parts:
Your septic system stores and treats sewage and grey water from your home before it is released back into nature and your local water table.
How much land is required for a septic system?
Semi service lot (Water source is off site)
0.14 hectares or about 14 400 square feet
Full service lot (Water source is on the lot itself)
0.2 hectares or about 20 000 square feet
How long does it take to have a sewer design completed and approved
After the site visit and testing of soil, approval is usually granted within two weeks
What is the separation distance between my well and the septic system?
The septic tank and absorption field has to be a minimum 100 feet from a natural water source or a dug well, and a 50 foot separation for a drilled well
I have a failing septic system but I don't meet the lot size requirements. What can I do?
The designer will work with Service NL to design a replacement system
What is protected roads and what if my property boundaries are within it?
When is a new septic system design required?
When applying for crown land.
When applying to develop land.
When directed by Service NL.
May be required by lenders on lawyers.
When you replace a failing septic system.
What size septic tank is required?
A minimum of 500 gallons by standard, but only 600 gallons tanks are available locally, if the dwelling is over three bedrooms a larger tank will be needed.
Whats the difference between the white and green pipe?
The green pipe is road grade and is used where there may be a load on the surface.
When installing my septic system, where do I call for the inspection?
Call Service NL 643-8651, 643-8652, five working days before the install. The septic system can not be back filled until inspection is completed by Service NL.
When can I apply for an Electrical permit?
An electrical permit can be obtained once the sewer design is approved and an approval certificate is issued to the home owner.
How long do I have to install the septic system once the design process is completed and I have the certificate of approval?
2 years with a possible extension of one year, unless otherwise instructed by Service NL.
What other information is required at the site visit?
Completed Application to develop land.
Floor plan of dwelling