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The Alternative: It’s MASSTC’s 25th Birthday!

Interested in joining the discussion about wastewater challenges on Cape Cod? Check out “The Alternative”, a new weekly newsletter from Barnstable County’s Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center!

Happy 25th Birthday to MASSTC!

For 25 years, the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center (MASSTC) has provided space for technologists to develop, test, and certify cutting edge wastewater treatment systems. We’re pretty darn proud of that.

In the early 1990s, it became evident that nitrogen and other contaminants from septic systems were damaging Cape Cod’s marine resources and coastal embayments. To address degrading water quality, the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment and its partners established the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center (MASSTC). 

Today MASSTC is the nation’s premier third-party testing and research facility for innovative/alternative (I/A) technologies, engaging in extensive research funded by state and federal grants. MASSTC is also partnered up with Barnstable County’s SUP (Septic Utility Program), to help Cape Cod’s municipalities effectively manage advanced septic system technologies.