Septic and Wells

Rural properties within Greater Napanee are typically serviced by private wells and onsite sewage treatment systems.

Septic Systems

Want to learn how your septic system works? Check out the Septic System Basics from the Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association.

Additional resources to learn more:

Septic Install, Approval and Inspection

To find out more information about installing a septic system and to find the proper permits needed, please see our Building Permits page.


 Septic System Dos and Don'ts


  • Maintain your system and pump the tank regularly
  • Repair leaky plumbing fixtures
  • Clean your effluent filter at least twice per year
  • Ensure that the tank and leaching bed have erosion control (grass)


  • Flush cleaning wipes (dispose of in the garbage)
  • Drive over the leaching bed (or park on it)
  • Plant deep-rooted trees or shrubs in the vicinity of the system
  • Build over the tank or leaching bed with hard surfaces

Private Wells

Free Well Water Testing

 Find out about sampling your private well water for bacteria by contacting the Health Unit at 613-354-3357.

New Well Installation

Be sure to use a licenced well contractor approved by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks to drill and install a new well. 

Well Records

To obtain a copy of the official well record for your property, visit the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks website or call 1-888-396-WELL (9355). 

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