The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for ensuring clean water and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources throughout the state. Title 5 regulations of the State Environmental Code provide for protection of our drinking water supplies, groundwater, wildlife habitat, and surface water bodies by requiring the proper siting, construction, and maintenance of all on-site wastewater treatment and disposal systems.
In areas on Cape Cod where municipal sewering is not available, property owners must install systems for on-site treatment and disposal of wasterwater.
Here on Cape Cod — where most towns do not have municipal sewer systems — homeowners and businesses must install individual on-site septic disposal systems that meet these Title 5 standards. And now, with recent advances in the design and use of innovative technology-based solutions to wastewater treatment and disposal, more choices are available to home and business owners alike.
Innovative/Alternative (I/A) system
A “conventional” septic system has four main components: a pipe from the house or building, a septic tank, a leach field, and the surrounding soil. An Innovative/Alternative wastewater treatment system includes one important additional component that provides further treatment of the wastewater before it is discharged into the leach field.
This component is a treatment unit that combines chemical and biological processes to remove certain wastewater contaminants, and to convert others to less harmful forms. There are many treatment technologies that Coastal Engineering Co. specifies and operates, including Bioclere, Fast, SeptiTech, Recirculating Sand Filters, Perc-Rite, OMNI, Amphidrome, Waterloo.