Cape Cod’s sole source aquifer, ponds and embayments are under siege from a host of pollutants and threats, none more ominous than the Cape’s reliance upon on-site wastewater disposal systems.
Eighty percent of the Cape’s nutrient loading problem is caused by on-site septic systems. More than 75 percent of homes on Cape Cod dispose of their waste on-site (nationally the number is closer to 25 percent).
Despite a host of public attention, scientific reports, and planning initiatives, towns across the Cape have been struggling to achieve voter approval of clean water initiatives. To a large degree, these struggles are due to misinformation and misunderstanding.
APCC and UnderCurrent Productions have developed the first in what will hopefully become a series of videos focused on our clean water challenges and what must be done to fix the problem. Our goal with this first film is to help explain the personal connection each individual on Cape Cod has to the Cape’s ponds, bays and drinking water, and how nutrient pollution from septic systems, fertilizers and stormwater runoff directly impacts the quality of our lives here on this peninsula.
We’d love to hear your feedback. Tell us what you think of this video, and what you’d like to see next in the series. You can contact us at email@example.com.
To learn more about wastwater visit our Water Quality and Wastewater Infrastructure pages.