City of Kawartha Lakes Septic Rehabilitation Loan Program

City offers loan program to help homeowners solve septic problems

Applications are available at the city’s website or at Municipal Service Centres

 Kawartha Lakes This Week

(KAWARTHA LAKES) Applications are now available for the City’s septic rehabilitation loan program in which local homeowners can get money to perform repairs on their septic systems – or even get them replaced if necessary.

“This program provides a unique opportunity for rural residents to upgrade their septic systems and obtain financing that will be paid on their taxes at a lower interest rate than what most people would be able to achieve through conventional lending institutions. A great time for homeowners to address concerns with their private systems to improve the environment and ultimately local water quality,” says Mayor Ric McGee.

City of Kawartha Lakes council has set aside $150,000 for the program, and loans will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis and repayment schedules vary from five to 20 years, depending on the amount of the loan. The loans will not exceed 25 per cent of the current value assessment of the property or $35,000, including taxes.

If the property in question is owned by more than one person, all owners must sign the agreement with the City with the loan being a lien against the property. Also, if there are other financial agreements attached to the property, applicants must comply with their obligations to other lenders because this loan takes priority over other registered interests appearing on the title.

For more information or to get an application, visit the city’s website or a Municipal Service Centre.

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Emerald Ash Borers are in our neck of the woods!


Image of the Emeral Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer

As you may or may not know, the Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive insect that has been recently confirmed in the Kawartha Lakes.  One of the speakers at our Environment Meeting this summer discussed these very damaging pests and we should all be aware of the threat they pose to our forest.  They attack only Ash trees but they have a 100% kill rate.  

You can tell if you have them by looking for D shaped holes in the bark (where they exit once larvae have matured) and new branches growing near the bottom of the trunk.  The trees can not be saved as they do not recover from the damage done by the larvae eating the wood under the bark. 

In order to manage them as well as possible, moving Ash products (fire wood, chips, etc,) is forbidden, and once you find a tree on your property that is affected, it must be cut down and all of the wood burned.  

Please click on the links below to educate yourselves further and check your property for Ash trees with signs of infestation.

Notification from CoKL that EAB has been confirmed in our area

How to identify Ash trees

Information about the EAB problem

Images of the Emerald Ash Borers 

Further information about the EAB problem