water + sewer
Victor Reid, Environmental Service Manager
- 2017 Deloro Schedule 22 Report
- 2017 Deloro Well Supply System Report
- 2017 Marmora Schedule 22 Report
- 2017 Marmora Water Treatment Plant Report
- 2018 Drinking Water Quality Management System
- Hemson Consulting Report
- Hemson Marmora and Lake Financial Plan February 2012
- Marmora and Deloro Water Operational Plan
- Water Financial Plan
Drinking Water Quality Management System
The Municipality of Marmora & Lake and its water supply systems shall comply with all relevant legislation and regulations for consistent delivery of safe drinking water. The Municipality shall also:
- Be committed to quality and customer satisfaction and continue to strive to make improvements with respect to the production of drinking water.
- Communicate openly and effectively with the public concerning matters of drinking water quality
- Continuously review and improve the Quality Management System
- If you should have any questions or would like to view the Operational Plan for the Drinking Water System, please contact the Municipalities Compliance Coordinator direct at 613-472-6285.
The Municipality issues water bills once every two months for residential accounts. The bill is based upon meter readings. If a reading cannot be taken, an estimate will be made based upon historical consumption.
There is a $50 fee for a water services to be shut off or turned on during office hours. After hours the fee increases to $150.
For billing inquiries please contact the Finance Department at Town Hall 613-472-2629 ext-2222
No connections shall be made to sanitary sewers, which would permit the ingress of surface or subsurface water, or water from drains, downspouts, gutters, or the flow from weeping tile.
Door to door water testing
- No one coming door-to-door is authorized to make a health-based test on your water
- Door-to-door water tests do not tell you about water safety
- Chemical trickery may make your water look brown because of natural mineral content
- If you have any concerns about water safety, contact us or your local health unit
Water Conservation Information
Raise the height of the blade on the lawn mower so that grass is never less than 1.5 inches = longer grass has stronger roots, crowds out weeds, requires less water and helps the soil retain moisture longer.
Leave the grass clippings on the lawn – grass clippings contain valuable nutrients which help grass develop stronger root systems and help retain moisture.
Keep lawn mower blades sharp – dull blades tear grass and cause damage which can lead to heat stress and disease
A thorough, less frequent watering encourages deeper, healthier lawn roots, making for a stronger, greener lawn
Water your lawn for only 1/2 to 1 hour at a time. Most lawns only need approximately one inch of water per week
Never water your lawn throughout the night – this is almost as bad as under watering your lawn
Many types of sprinklers can lose as much as 50% of water to evaporation – using a soaker hose directly waters the lawn with no loss to evaporation.
Add a mixture of peat moss and compost to your garden – this not only provides valuable nutrients making for healthier plants, but the soil will actually retain moisture longer
Add a layer of mulch, approximately two to four inches in depth to your garden
Use plants which are native and are drought resistant
Use rain water collected from your downspout into a rain barrel for watering plants – its better for your plants than tap water
Use direct watering methods which soak the area around the plants, such as a soaker hose
Miscellaneous Property Care
Use a broom to clean off your driveway instead of hosing it down
Instead of using a hose use a bucket to wash vehicles
Putting a cover on your swimming pool reduces evaporation
Fix leaky faucets as soon as possible – one drip per second can amount to 60 litres of water per day
Fix leaky toilets as soon as possible. Leaky toilets are also big water wasters – wasting as much as 750 litres of water per month
Water & Sanitary Sewer Services
The Municipality owns and operates the portion of the water and sanitary sewer service that runs from the main line to the property line. The landowner is responsible for all maintenance and repairs of the section of the service that runs from the building plumbing systems to the property line.
In the event of a leak or sewer blockage, it is the owner’s responsibility to repair and clear any obstructions from the house to the mainline. Blockages are usually caused by a build up of solids (excess paper, grease, solids, grit etc.) originating from the existing building or residence.
What is a Septic system?
A septic system is a small-scale private sewage treatment system. Septic systems are common in rural areas, where hook-up to sanitary sewer mains is unavailable, but may also exist in urban areas. The design of your septic system will depend on the characteristics of the soil, and surrounding landscape, as well as the amount of space available, where you live.
How does it work?
Traditional septic systems are composed of an underground septic tank, a distribution box, and a leaching field (also called a drainfield).
Sewage flows from your house into the septic tank, where the solids settle to the bottom forming a sludge layer, fats and greases float to the surface, forming a scum layer. The remaining wastewater flows into the distribution box, than into the leaching field. In the leaching field the water is filtered through porous materials, such as sand and gravel, before seeping into the ground.
Signs of problems
Sewage backup in drains or toilets
Slow flushing toilets, sinks or drains
Visible liquid on the surface of the ground near the septic system. It may or may not have an odor associated with it.
Lush green grass over the drain field, even during dry weather, often indicates that an excessive amount of liquid from the system is moving up through the soil instead of downward. While some upward movement of liquid from the drain field is good, too much could indicate major problems.
Build-up of aquatic weeds or algae in lakes or ponds adjacent to your home. This may indicate that nutrient-rich septic system waste is leaching into the surface of the water.
Unpleasant odors around your house.
Use and Care of Septic System
- Divert rainwater from the septic system
- Don’t overload the septic system
- Keep trees away from the septic system
- Be aware of what goes into the septic system
- Use garbage disposals wisely
- Limit the amount of heavy duty cleaners
- Avoid hazardous chemicals
- Don’t pour grease down the drain
- Protect the system from damage
- Perform routine maintenance. Get the septic tank pumped regularly, every 3-5 years