Septic Systems Contaminate Drinking Water Wells on Cape Cod

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With sandy soils and clusters of septic systems, drinking water wells on Cape Cod are vulnerable to pollution. Click image to enlarge. (Photo Credit: Landsat)

Article courtesy of Brett Walton | Jan 28, 2016 | Circle of Blue | Shared as educational material

Household wells serve more than 44 million people and do not need to be tested for contaminants. In Cape Cod, a study of household wells detected 27 organic compounds in the drinking water, some of which have been found to harm hormonal development and reproduction in fish. Only 10 of these compounds are regulated. Putting septic tanks in backyards near household drinking wells risks human health. Septic systems do not remove these compounds. About one out of five U.S. households uses septic tanks. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2Ait1OV

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