Municipal Wastewater Systems

The Township of Selwyn owns the infrastructure for the municipal sewer services available in both Lakefield Ward and Woodland Acres subdivision, and has an agreement with Peterborough Utilities Services Inc. to maintain the day-to-day operations of these systems. 

If you are located in Lakefield or Woodland Acres subdivision and are experiencing a sanitary or sewer issue, please contact the Peterborough Utilities Services Inc. Water Department.

Lakefield Wastewater System

The Lakefield Wastewater Treatment Plant (Lagoon) receives effluent from approximately 1,100 homes and business in the Village of Lakefield, the water is reclaimed and returned back to the watershed.

  • 334 sanitary sewer connections
  • 278 sanitary sewer structures
  • 20 km of sanitary sewer collection mains
  • 6 pumping stations 
Woodland Acres Wastewater System

The Woodland Acres Wastewater System is treated at the City of Peterborough Waste Water Treatment Plant. It contains:

  • 224 sanitary sewer connections
  • 59 sanitary sewer structures
  • 4 km of sanitary sewer collection mains 
 Sewer Rates

Municipal sewer services are available in the Lakefield Ward and in the Woodland Acres Subdivision. 

The Township of Selwyn owns the infrastructure for both these systems and has an agreement with Peterborough Utilities Services Inc. to maintain the day-to-day operations of these systems. 

Woodland Acres Sewer & Water Rates
Lakefield Sewer Rates
 Private Wastewater Systems

Privately owned sewage disposal systems such as privies, leaching pits, cesspools, septic tank systems and holding tanks must be installed and maintained in accordance with the Ontario Building Code.

Permits and inspections are required for installations of sewage systems and alterations to buildings or sewage systems under the code. Peterborough Public Health is the agency responsible for privately owned sewage systems in the County and City of Peterborough.

What Not to Flush!

Wastewater treatment equipment is designed for toilet paper and human waste. Items like fats, oils, greases, feminine hygiene products, and wipes of any kind should never be flushed down the toilet or poured down a drain. Flushing these items causes equipment to fail, poses a health and safety risk to staff – and can even put your home at risk of sewage back-ups.

Protect Your Pipes
  • Use toilet tissue mist that adds moisture to toilet paper and can be used instead of personal wipes. Wipes clog pipes, and should never be flushed, even if the packaging says you can.
  • Use a washable microfibre e-cloth, which can be used instead of disposable cleaning wipes.
  • Use reusable baby wipes that can be washed and dried.
  • Use menstrual cups or washable cloth menstrual pads, which are environmentally-friendly alternatives to feminine hygiene products. Never flush any feminine hygiene product or its packaging.
  • Keep cooking fats, oils and greases (FOG) out of the drain. Food scraps, butter, cooking oil, soups and sauces are all types of FOG. When poured down the drain, they solidify and build-up inside plumbing pipes and can create a sewer back-up in your home.
  • Use a hair trap for your shower and bathroom sink that can capture hair that otherwise clogs your plumbing and gets caught in lift-station pumps.

Other top clog offenders that should never be flushed include paper towels, rags, dental floss and hypodermic needles. 

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