BUZZARDS BAY – Upgrading your home’s septic system to one that can effectively reduce nitrogen pollution has recently become more affordable.
New wording in the state budget signed by Governor Charlie Baker on July 28 provides residents of Buzzards Bay with access to low-interest loans through their local health boards to repair or upgrade. upgrade their current septic systems to nitrogen reduction septic systems.
Previously, Massachusetts residents could only receive such loans to upgrade failing septic systems.
The whole of Cape Town is vulnerable to nitrogen pollution, said Korrin Petersen, vice president of clean water advocacy for the Buzzards Bay Coalition.
“I hope that with (Massachusetts residents) now having access to low-interest loans that there will be more people who choose to voluntarily upgrade their systems,” she said. declared.
The coalition is a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the ecosystem of Buzzards Bay.
Larger-scale municipal wastewater treatment is the most effective way to reduce nitrogen pollution, but it is not always economically feasible to have municipal sewers everywhere. In such cases, upgrading a home septic tank can help, Petersen said.
Domestic septic tanks that can treat 70 to 90 percent of the nitrogen in wastewater, Petersen said.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 80% of the nitrogen load on Cape Cod comes from “traditional backyard septic systems.” Many Cape estuaries and bays suffer from nitrogen pollution, according to the Association to preserve Cape Cod.
According to Cape Cod Commission.
Residents can receive the loan through their local board of health. Interest rates range from zero to 5% and can be repaid over several years, Petersen said.
Upgrading a failing septic tank to a Title 5 system can cost around $20,000, and upgrading to another nitrogen reduction system could cost up to $12,000, he said. she stated.
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