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Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center

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Brian Baumgaertel
MASSTC Director
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

7:00am - 3:30pm

The Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center (MASSTC), a division of the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment,  was established to provide performance information on various alternative onsite septic system technologies.  Since its inception in 1999, nearly every major manufacturer of onsite system technologies has been served by standardized testing and validation or by using the facility as a test bed to research and further develop their products.  The Test Center has also been instrumental in assisting in the formation of standard protocols for the testing of products.  In addition to product testing, the Test Center has also conducted basic research on topics such as virus transport beneath septic systems, the use of soils for the removal of Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC), non-proprietary means for treating of nitrogen, the effects of fine material on aggregate in soil absorption systems, means of removing phosphorus in onsite septic systems, the impacts of various remediation strategies on leachfield operation and many other topics. MASSTC has been the recipient of a number of grants under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 319(b) competitive grant program.

The Test Center can host up to twenty one different technologies at a time and has performed various standardized protocols for the National Sanitation Foundation International in Ann Arbor Michigan including Standard 245 (a nutrient standard), Standard 40 (a secondary treatment standard), and various water reuse and disinfection standards. The Test Center has hosted products in all phases of development from initial prototype to market-ready tests that position vendors for state approvals.  The Test Center is managed by Brian Baumgaertel  (  Publications and further information regarding MASSTC can be obtained at  The Test Center hours of operation are 7:00am-3:30pm Monday through Friday.  The telephone number of MASSTC is 508-563-6757.