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October 03, 2017
Septic Smart! Oxford workshops return this fall
Learn more about how your septic system works, proper care and maintenance and what to do if there’s a problem

Oxford County Public Health is hosting workshops across the County this fall to equip homeowners with the information they need to operate and maintain environmentally responsible septic systems. The workshops are part of an ongoing public education campaign, called Septic Smart! Oxford!, that encourages regular inspections and routine maintenance along with increased mindfulness about what should and should not go down drains and toilets.

This fall, Septic Smart Oxford! workshops will be offered in the following locations:

  • EMBRO | October 10
    Community Centre, 355644 35th Line
    6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • HICKSON | October 19
    Hickson Central Public School, 161 Loveys St. E.
    6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • NORWICH | October 25
    Community Centre, 53 Stover St. S.
    6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • MT. ELGIN | November 1
    Community Centre, 333204 Plank Line
    6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Approximately 9,400 homes in Oxford County use septic systems to treat wastewater. On average, each system lasts 30-50 years. Proper maintenance has a significant impact on how well a septic system operates and its overall life expectancy. A properly functioning septic system will effectively reduce or eliminate most threats to human health and the environment posed by pollutants in household wastewater, thereby preventing the spread of infection and disease and protecting water resources.  

Registration for each workshop is available online or by phone at 519-539-9800 ext. 3520 or toll-free 1-800-755-0394. Registration is limited to 50 participants per location.



Peter Heywood, Manager Health Protection, Oxford County Public Health
“A properly maintained septic system protects your investment in your home and the health and safety of our communities and ecosystem. Many homeowners do not have their septic systems checked regularly. Therefore, educating homeowners on the operation and maintenance of septic systems is of utmost importance.”


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About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to becoming a zero waste community and achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at



Donna Kemp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3158 |

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