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Municipal responsibility

The Sewer department is responsible for collection and treatment of sewage in serviced areas on municipal property.

Public Works are responsible for the collection and management of rain water on municipal roadways and allowances.

Homeowner responsibility

Sewer pipes on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.

 Optional Service Line Warranty Program

Did you know?

As a homeowner you are responsible for the water and sewer service lines that run from outside your home to the public main. When your service line breaks, leaks or clogs, the repair could cost thousands of dollars - hard on a budget! Many homeowner policies do not cover these repair costs. Please check with your insurance provider.

The Municipality of Kincardine, in conjunction with Service Line Warranties of Canada, offers an optional Service Line Warranty program to homeowners. The Municipality wishes to make residents aware of the availability of this product since water and sewer line repairs can be very expensive. SLWC is associated with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario as a preferred vendor and has partnered with over 65 leading cities and municipalities in Canada to provide repair service plans that offer peace of mind and convenience. SLWC has provided over $6M in coverage since they first launched in 2014.

Participation is optional and voluntary for homeowners and not a Municipal program. SLWC is a partner and solely responsible for the administration and service of the warranty programs. A homeowner, who chooses to enrol in this program, should do so with the understanding that the Municipality in no way warrants or is liable for the work or performance of SLWC. 

To sign up or get more details about the program please contact Service Line Warranties of Canada directly: 

  1. Toll-free phone: 1-866-922-9004

  2. Website


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the SLWC program legitimate?

  • Yes - it's been vetted by the Local Authority Services through the Association of Municipalities of Ontario to be identified as a preferred vendor. SLWC is an accredited Better Business Bureau organization that has maintained an A+ rating

Does the Municipality administer this program?

  • No, the Municipality does not administer this program.

Why is the Municipality using this program?

  • The Municipality has partnered with SLWC to provide an optional warranty coverage to homeowners for their water services and sanitary laterals and to:
    • Educate residential property owners about their responsibilities for the maintenance, repair and replacement of water and sewer service lines (portion from their homes to the property line);
    • Make available to residents optional affordable protection unexpected costs of repairing or replacing non-functioning water and services lines, as well as, broken interior plumbing and drainage systems; and
    • Protect the environment with timely repairs to reduce water loss and minimize wastewater pollution.

Am I already covered with my insurance provider?

  • Many homeowners are not - check with your current provider to confirm coverage and compare rates.

Why did the Municipality give out my mailing address? How did SLWC get my mailing address?

  • SLWC works with Data Axel to gather mailing information from several publicly available sources including real estate listings, phone white pages, etc.; the Municipality did not provide your details to SLWC. 

Can I be removed from the mailing list?

Why did we use an American company?

  • While SLW is headquartered in the US, they do have a Canadian Head Office in Toronto. SLWC also works with local contractors when completing repairs.

I am not on Municipal water or sewer, why did I receive this notification?

  • One reason is that the Municipality only provides local postal codes to SLWC. The other reason is that SLWC also has coverage for internal plumbing and for any piping in your yard between your house and the well/cistern or septic tank.

Please help keep catchbasins clear of debris. Do not place leaves or grass clipping on the roadway.

General Information

 Rates and Fees
 See our Rates and Fees
 Utility Billing
 See our Utility Billing Info
 Locates
 See our Digging and Locates Page
 Sewer Backups
 If you have a sewer issue, please call the sewer department at 519-396-4660. We will check to make sure the sewers under the road are clear of a blockage. If street sewers are clear, please call a plumber to check the pipes inside your home.
 Tips to avoid a sewer backup
  • Put grease in a jar and place in garbage
  • Scrape all food scraps into garbage
  • Use hair and lint traps
  • Put diapers and wipes in garbage
  • Put dental floss in garbage
  • Put condoms in garbage
  • Put pads and tampons in garbage
  • Take paints and varnishes to hazardous waste disposal
  • Take leftover pills to drug store

Sewer FAQ's

What can I flush down the toilet?

Only pee, poop and toilet paper can go in the toilet.

Can I pour grease down the drain?

No. Grease should be placed in a jar or sealed container and put into the garbage.

How do I drain my pool?

See our sewer use bylaw

How do I hook up to municipal sewer?

Please call the building department at 519-396-3468 ext 2.

I smell sewer gas what do I do?

Pour water down floor drains and sinks. If smell does not stop call a plumber.

Where can I put waste from my recreational vehicle (RV)?

The Municipality does not take waste from RV's. Please call a camp ground for disposal.

I have a sewer complaint who should I contact?

Please contact the sewer department at waterservice@kincardine.ca or call 519-396-4660.

Sewer use by-law

Sewer Use By-law

Sewer annual reports

Kincardine Sewer Annual Report 2020

Kincardine Sewer Annual Report 2019

Kincardine Sewer Annual Report 2018

Kincardine Sewer Annual Report 2017

Tiverton, Inverhuron and Bruce Energy Center Sewer Annual Report 2020

Tiverton, Inverhuron and Bruce Energy Center Sewer Annual Report 2019

Tiverton, Inverhuron and Bruce Energy Center Sewer Annual Report 2018

Tiverton, Inverhuron and Bruce Energy Center Sewer Annual Report 2017

Storm Sewer FAQ's

The catchbasin in front of my property is plugged. Who do I call?

Please call the Public Works Office 519-396-3468 ext. 3

What are stormwater management Ponds (SWMP's)?

A storm water management pond collects water runoff in the area. It will hold the water and slowly release it to the environment. This will help keep items like dirt, fertilizer, cigarette butts and garbage out of our rivers and lakes.

How are stormwater management ponds maintained?

Grass will not be cut around the pond to keep it natural. After many years' debris may be removed from the pond. Structures and bank stabilization may occur at different times.

I want to tie my sump pump discharge into the stormwater system. Who do I call?

Please call the Public Works Office 519-396-3468 ext. 3

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