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Frequently Asked Questions about Private Sewage Systems

If you seek clarification about private sewage systems in the Central Alberta area, IJD Inspections Ltd. is here to help. You can browse our most frequently asked questions below or contact us for more direct assistance.


PSDS Inspection Questions 

Q. Do I need a permit to extend or replace my private sewage system? 

A. Any renovation, addition or alteration to an existing private sewage disposal system requires a permit. When a system is changed, it then must conform to the private sewage standard in effect.


Q. What are the minimum distance requirements for septic sewage system components? 

A. Minimum distance requirements are as follows: 

Septic Tanks or Sewage Holding Tanks shall not be located within:

  • 1m (3.25’) from property line or from any building
  • 10m (33’) from any water source or water course


No part of the Disposal Field measured from any part of a trench shall be located within:

  • 1.5m (5’) from any property line
  • 15m (50’) from any water source or water course
  • 5m (17') from a septic tank or package treatment plant
  • 10m (33’) from any basement, cellar or crawl space
  • 1m (3.25’) from any non-basement building or does not have a permanent foundation
  • 5m (17') from a building that has a permanent foundation but no basement, cellar, or crawlspace


No part of a Treatment Mound shall be located within:

  • 3m (10’) from any property line
  • 15m (50’) from any water source or water course
  • 3m (10’) from a septic tank
  • 10m (33’) from any basement, cellar or any non-basement building


An Effluent discharge to the ground surface shall not be located within:

  • 50m (165’) from any water source
  • 45m (150’) from a water course or from a building
  • 90m (300’) from any property line


A Lagoon that serves a single dwelling or duplex shall not be located within:

  • 100m (330’) from any water source or water course
  • 45m (150’) from a building
  • 30m (100’) from any property line


On a Property that adjoins a permanent body of water such as a lake, river, stream, or

creek, the effluent disposal component of a private sewage system shall be located:

  • Not less than 90m (300’) from the shore of the body of water or
  • Where a principal building is located between the system and a body of water, the distance may be reduced to the minimum distance requirements for that method of treatment and disposal.


All measurements shall be taken from the outside of the Berm, where the side slope of the Berm intersects with the natural grade.

Septic Tanks for Houses and Duplexes


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Advice for Selecting a Private Sewage System

IJD Inspections Ltd.

5560 45 Street, #E4, Cronquist Business Park

Red Deer, AB T4N 1L1

Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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