Town of Barnstable, MA
Barnstable County
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[Adopted 5-10-2005]
Risers shall be installed to within six inches of grade in order to provide easier access to inlet and outlet covers to septic tanks, distribution boxes, and chambered soil absorption systems. Four-inch observation ports shall be installed on all plastic chambered style soil absorption systems.
[Added 7-17-2007]
A. 
Authority. Under the authority of M.G.L. c. 111, § 31, and 310 CMR 15.305, the Board of Health, for the purpose of the protection of public health, promulgates these regulations providing deadlines for upgrades of septic systems with a design flow of less than 10,000 gpd determined to be failing to protect public health.
B. 
General requirements. If the following criteria are met, the system is deemed to be creating an imminent health hazard and shall be upgraded within the stated time periods:
(1) 
Within 60 days of the determination that one or more of the following conditions is occurring:
(a) 
Discharge or ponding of effluent to the surface of the ground;
(b) 
Pumping more than four times during the last year not due to clogged or obstructed pipe; or
(c) 
Backup of sewage into the house due to an overloaded or clogged SAS or cesspool.
(2) 
Within one year of the determination that one or more of the following conditions is occurring:
(a) 
Static liquid level in the distribution box above outlet invert due to an overloaded or clogged SAS or cesspool; or
(b) 
Any portion of the SAS, cesspool, or privy below high groundwater elevation; or
(c) 
Any portion of the cesspool within a Zone 1 to a public well; or
(d) 
Any portion of a cesspool within 50 feet of a private water supply well with no acceptable water quality analysis. (This system passes if the water analysis indicates the well is free from pollution.)
C. 
Variance requests.
(1) 
All requests for variances from this regulation shall be submitted at least 15 calendar days prior to the scheduled Board meeting. The variance hearing may be held at a later date if the Board has scheduled eight hearings prior to submission of the request.
(2) 
The variance request shall be made on a form prescribed by the Board of Health.
D. 
Penalties.
(1) 
The Barnstable Board of Health reserves the right to make any decision of situations or problems that arise in regard to environmental and/or public health conditions that are not covered by this set of regulations.
(2) 
The fine for any violation of this section shall be $100 per violation. Each day shall constitute a separate violation with the same fines assessed as per this section.