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Barnstable County Commissioner’s Adopt a Proclamation for SepticSmart Week: September 19-23rd

The proclamation, signed by Barnstable County Commissioners on September 21, reads as follows:

WHEREAS, proper septic system use and routine care are vital to protecting public health and preserving our highly valued groundwater, ponds, streams, bays, estuaries, and other waterways; and

WHEREAS, nearly 95 percent of homes and businesses in Barnstable County currently rely on septic systems to treat their wastewater; and

WHEREAS, wastewater professionals of Barnstable County use their expertise in the design, installation, maintenance, and regulation of septic systems in Barnstable County; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SepticSmart program used by Barnstable County Health officials does educate homeowners about the need for proper septic system use and routine maintenance; and

WHEREAS, residents and the environment of Barnstable County benefit from properly designed, installed, operated, and maintained septic systems;

NOW THEREFORE, We the Commissioners of the Barnstable County Regional Government do hereby proclaim the week of September 19-23, 2022 as “SepticSmart Week” in Barnstable County, and we urge all people to join us in this special observance.

View the Commissioner’s Proclamation HERE >>>

The US Environmental Protection Agency offers a variety of education/outreach materials as part of it’s SepticSmart campaign to spread the word about proper care and maintenance of septic systems. This is especially important on Cape Cod, where over 90% of homes use septic systems for wastewater disposal.

Septic systems that are not properly maintained can malfunction and leak harmful nutrients into our groundwater, ponds, and coastal embayments. So…do your part…be SepticSmart! Understanding what happens to all of the water we use in our houses is essential to keeping everything flowing properly! Failing to do so can be costly and harmful to the environment.