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Air, Water & Hazardous Materials

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The Air, Water & Hazardous Materials Section inspects the air and water quality of the Worcester community, and has provided the following FAQs for your information.

Q:
Are all properties in the City served by the sewer system?
 A:

No. There are still a number of unsewered areas, mostly on the outskirts of the City. In these unsewered areas, onsite sewage disposal systems must be used. Their construction is regulated by Title V of the State Environmental Code.

Q:
How do I go about getting a septic system installed?
 A:

You must first employ an engineer to conduct a soil evaluation and perc test. Based on the information he/she gets from these tests, he/she will design a septic system for your lot.

Q:
What is Public Health’s role in this process?
 A:

An inspector from Inspectional Services will observe and certify the perc test and soil evaluation. He will then examine the engineer's plans to make sure that they conform to Title V, and he will inspect the system to make sure that it is installed according to plan.

Q:
May I have a water well installed on my property?
 A:

Inspectional Services has a regulation which governs the installation of water wells. If a property can be served by the City's Water System, the regulation does not allow the installation of a well. In the rare instances that water cannot be supplied, a well permit may be obtained from this unit.

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