Water Supply and Waste Water Drainage Systems

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There are many types of water supply systems that are suitable for use in the Haliburton Highlands.   The vast majority of homes and cottages in this area have drilled or dug wells or draw water from adjacent lakes and rivers depending on a variety of factors including building structure, geography, well and septic location and cost.    If the water doesn’t have to draw too far from a well or lake, a jet pump and pressure tank might be installed in the home or in the case of cottages on piers, the system often sits under the cottage or in some sort of enclosed area or pump house.   Another alternative is a submersible pump that sits in the well or lake feeding the pressure tank at the house.

If you intend to drink your water, you should have it tested to determine if it is safe for drinking.  Residents can get their water tested at no charge through the local Health Unit located in Haliburton.  If there is a need to filter or treat the water, there are many options available today.

Contact us to discuss your options for both year round and seasonal water systems.   If you  want to figure out how you can get water in the winter without heating your cottage when you are away, there are solutions, but you must be prepared and committed to drain and restart water systems even during a winter blizzard to exercise this option!!


While some homes in town are serviced by the sewer system, most rural and lakefront homes and cottages in the Haliburton Highlands make use of septic systems or holding tanks. Geography will dictate whether sewage can run out of the house by gravity or if it requires help from a sewage pump to get it to the septic bed.

If you have a holding tank, monitor the levels and get it pumped regularly.    Septic tanks should be pumped and inspected to make sure they are working properly every three to five years.  A properly installed and maintained system can last for years.  Remember not to drive on your septic bed, don’t build any decks or stairs over the system, don’t plant anything with deep roots in the area, avoid cushioned toilet papers, remind female guests not to flush sanitary items, keep grease out of the drains, don’t use any harsh chemicals including bleach or drain cleaners and spread out your water usage over the week.   If you follow these tips, you’ll save yourself a lot of time, aggravation and money in the long run.