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Tag: Wastewater

Early morning fog at Santuit Pond boat ramp.

Pollution is threatening Cape Cod’s famous waters. Its towns are spending hundreds of millions to head off an environmental disaster.

By Beth Treffeisen, Boston Globe BARNSTABLE — The beauty of its placid bays, estuaries, and ponds draws millions of visitors to Cape Cod each year. But deteriorating water quality is […]

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Bourne Exploring Use of Management Firm for Septic Systems

By Michael J. Rausch, Bourne Enterprise When it comes to the complex topic of Title 5, it seems like everyone could benefit from a little guidance. That seems to be […]

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Viruses from wastewater cultured on a petri dish at MASSTC.

MASSTC Studies Viruses and Bacteria in Wastewater to Help Keep Our Groundwater Safe

Wastewater is a veritable jungle of microscopic organisms, including bacteria and viruses. Our colleagues at the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center (MASSTC) are interested in understanding how effective conventional […]

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Wastewater Division Director Brian Baumgaertel Talks about Changes to Title 5 Regulations

Interview by Grady Culhane, State environmental officials are tightening restrictions on Title 5 septic systems as water bodies across the Cape continue to struggle due to nitrogen pollution. Barnstable […]

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Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center’s Impactful (Sometimes Surprising) Initiatives in Wastewater

Scaling Natural Dye Farming Systems Using Wastewater The Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center, operated by Barnstable County’s Department of Health and Environment, is a pioneer in wastewater research. Since […]

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Wastewater Division Director Discusses County Wastewater Initiatives on Sunday Journal

April is National County Government Month, and Barnstable County is using it to highlight local efforts to protect the region’s water resources. County Senior Environmental Specialist Brian Baumgaertel joins Sunday […]

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Barnstable County Launches ‘AquiFund’ to Help Homeowners Afford Septic System Replacements, Upgrades, and New Sewer Connections

The County’s Community Residential Septic Loan Program Expansion Will Help Improve Cape Cod’s Water Quality March 1, 2023 (Barnstable, MA) — After 16 years and over $56 million in low-interest […]

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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 […]

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Provincetown Announces State of Emergency Due to Sewer Failure

August 11, 2022 Affected area = Businesses and residences on the vacuum sewer on Commercial Street between Snow Street and Point Street AND Bradford Street between Conwell Street and Prince […]

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