Health Dept. Frequently Asked Questions

How can I obtain a copy of my septic system as-built?

Call the Health Department to check and see if one is on file in our records. If we have the information, we will make copies for you to pick up..

How often do I have to pump my septic system?

We recommend that septic systems should be pumped every three to four years, according to use (seasonal, etc.) of the property.

How long are Septic System Real Estate Transfer Inspections valid?

Inspections are valid for two years.

How long is a Certificate of Compliance valid?

Certificates of compliance are accepted in lieu of Septic System Real Estate Transfer Inspections for two years from the date the compliance was issued.

How close to a septic system can a full foundation wall be?

The septic tank must be 10' away and the leaching area must be 20'. A septic system (all components) can be 10' away from a slab foundation or a frost wall. An in-ground swimming pool is required to have the same setbacks as a full foundation.

Should a septic tank or cesspool be pumped before a Title 5 inspection?

The system should not be pumped within two weeks before the inspection. A cesspool may be required to be pumped as part of the inspection.

When/Where are the Board of Health Public Meetings held?

The Board of Health meets on the First and Third Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall located at 2198 Main Street. Location is subject to change, please contact the Health Department for confirmation.

What can/can’t I bring to Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day?

Please BRING: Brake & Power Steering Fluid, Bug & Tar Remover, Camp Fuel, Car Polish, Car Cleaner with Solvent, Gasoline, radiator Flush, Acids, Degreasers, Disinfectants, Drain Cleaner, Oven Cleaner, Photo & Hobby Chemicals, Pool Chemicals, Solvents, Spot Remover, Blood Pressure Gauges, Mercury in Bottles, Switches, Thermometers, Thermostats, Alkyd-Based Paint & Stain, Auto Paint, Marine Paints & Sealers, Metal Furniture Polish, Oil Based Paint & Stain, Paint Thinner & Remover, Solvent-Based Wood Finish, Wood Preservatives, Driveway Sealer w/Solvent, Fertilizers w/Weed Killer, Insecticides, Pesticides, Rodent Poison, Weed Killer.

Please DO NOT BRING: Any Non-Hazardous Recyclables, Antifreeze, Batteries: Auto & Rechargeable, Empty Cans, Computers, Computer Monitors, Dry Paint Cans, Empty Fire Extinguishers, Fluorescent & CFLs Light Bulbs, Used Oil & Oil Filters, Propane Tanks, Televisions.

Use Up, Give Away, or Dry Out: Abrasive Cleaners, Air Fresheners, Ammonia, Borax/Boric Acid, Car Washes & Finishes, Chlorine Bleach, Compounds, Cosmetics, Detergents, Nail Polish, Latex Glues, Latex Caulks, Lime, Personal Care Products, Plant Food.

Dispose of (as noted): Alkaline Batteries-throw away; Acrylic Paint, Latex Paint, Water-Based Stains & Wood Finishes-pour over cat litter or other soluble material to absorb liquid and throw away; Ammunition, Firearms, Fireworks, Explosives-Contact your local Police Department; Unwanted Medications-take to your local Police Station-DO NOT FLUSH; Safety Flares-take to the Brewster Fire Department.

How often are public bathing beaches tested for water quality?

All public beaches are tested weekly by the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment during the summer season. If the bathing water fails the bacteria testing, the beach will be posted for “No Swimming”. 

How do I dispose of medical sharps/syringes? 

Take to Brewster Fire Department, 1657 Main St, Brewster Monday through Friday, 8am - 4pm. Call first 508-896-7018.