Town to host meeting surrounding possible changes to septic system regulations

An information session about Possible changes in state septic tank regulations takes place on Wednesday 16th November at 6pm at Dartmouth High Auditorium

The meeting, chaired by the city’s health department, will discuss the state’s proposal and associated new regulations Watershed permits and the financial impact these changes could have on Dartmouth residents.

Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection released a recommendation to update the state’s Title V regulations that require Inspections of septic systems and cesspools before selling or expanding a home.

The new regulations, currently in draft form, would require all septic systems within watersheds draining into Buzzards Bay to be upgraded to active nitrogen removal systems within five years. Such systems generally cost between $10,000 and $15,000.

To alleviate some of that financial burden, the state will allow affected residents to apply for low-interest loans from their local health authorities for these new systems.

According to MassDEP, there are about 2,700 households connected to septic systems in Dartmouth’s watershed areas that would be affected by the regulation change.

Exceptions would exist should a city seek its own collaborative solution to pollution. The city could reach an agreement with neighboring Buzzards Bay communities for a series of nitrogen reduction programs.

Municipalities have 20 years to achieve these goals.

A second information event will take place at a later date.

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