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A percolation (“perc”) test is an evaluation of a site for suitability for the installation of a septic system including a professional evaluation of soils on the property s required by Title 5 and a determination of the rate of absorption of water into that soil. A perc test is required in the process of designing a system compliant with Title 5.
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You can call the Board of Health at 508-785-0032, ext. 232, or check the Massachusetts DEP - Certified Labs to test water for a licensed water testing company in Massachusetts.
Yes. State Law (Title 5) does not allow the use of cesspools although allowing the continued use of working systems installed before the enactment of Title 5.
Yes. A list of engineers is available in the Board of Health Office.
Yes. A list of installers and haulers is available in the Board of Health Office.
Septic systems should be pumped at least every 2 years on average. It depends on the number of people living in your home.
The Board of Health has information in their office at 5 Springdale Avenue (1st floor), or read through this Public Health Sheet on the prevention of tick bites (PDF).
To get your property sprayed for mosquitoes, you can call the Board of Health Office at 508-785-0032, ext. 232, to provide the address you would like sprayed. The Board of Health will contact Norfolk Mosquito Control on your behalf.
You can fill out and submit our online Mass. Public Health Preparedness Region 4AB or stop by the Board of Health