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May 29, 2017
Septic smart! Oxford event planned for Beachville
Workshop aims to equip residents with the information needed to operate and maintain an environmentally responsible septic system

Oxford County Public Health is continuing a county-wide public education campaign to equip homeowners with the information needed to properly operate and maintain their septic systems. The next septic smart! Oxford workshop will be held at the Colombo Club in Beachville on June 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Approximately 9,400 homes in Oxford County use septic systems to treat wastewater. On average, septic systems last 30-50 years. Proper maintenance has a significant impact on how well a septic system operates and its 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.  

Through the septic smart! Oxford program, Public Health aims to educate homeowners on how to maintain an environmentally responsible septic system by highlighting topics like:

  • How a septic system works
  • How to find your septic system
  • Care and maintenance of a septic system
  • What to do if there is a problem
  • How to obtain a building permit
  • Water conservation

The workshop also encourages regular inspections and routine maintenance of septic systems, along with increased mindfulness about what should and should not go down drains and toilets.

Registration for the Beachville workshop is available online at or by phone at 519-539-9800 ext. 3520 or toll-free 1-800-755-0394. Registration is limited to 100 participants.



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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