Working Together promote a healthy Cape Cod community through disease prevention and control, health and safety education, environmental protection and emergency preparedness.


The Department of Health and Environment was established in 1926 to provide regional efficiencies throughout the 15 towns of Barnstable County, while supporting the autonomy of local boards of health. The Department provides a diversity of services that promote public health and environmental protection, from emergency planning, to monitoring of water, land, and air, to disease prevention, inspectional services, COVID-19 pandemic response, and even the practical application of providing loans for septic system repair and replacement. The physical and mental well-being of Barnstable County’s residents, alongside protection of our sensitive ecosystems, are our top priorities.


Do Not Drink Order Lifted in the Town of Harwich Following Inadvertent Release of Firefighting Foam

Lab results show that no firefighting foam was detected in the water system after thorough flushing! The Do Not Drink Order in North Harwich has been lifted. From the Harwich […]

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Tips for Safely Viewing the Partial Solar Eclipse on April 8th

Cape Cod will Experience a Partial Eclipse On April 8th, we will have the rare, nation-wide opportunity to see a solar eclipse. Locals can expect to see the event between […]

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Wicked Wellness: April is Stress Awareness Month!

Managing stress is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Knowing how to manage stress can improve mental and physical well-being and minimize exacerbation of health-related issues!

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Avian Bird Flu on Cape Cod

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), commonly known as ‘bird flu’ was first found on Cape Cod in the beginning of February 2022, a little more than two years ago. While […]

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It’s National Public Health Week! Spotlight: Public Health Nursing Division

April 1-7, 2024 is National Public Health Week! Public health is more than just health care. It’s the steps we take to make sure our neighborhoods and environment are free […]

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Barnstable County’s Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center (MASSTC) Celebrates 25th Anniversary with a Year of Public Outreach 

Test Center Staff will orchestrate a ‘Waste No Water’ library series to engage the public in discussions about wastewater.  April 2, 2024 (Barnstable, MA) – In honor of its 25th […]

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