Information about Title V
What is the
difference between a cesspool and a septic system?
generally consists of a pipe, running form a
building, which empties into a single component pit.
This arrangement does not allow proper detention of
solids or proper distribution of effluent. As a
result, effluent overloads the capacity of the soil
to remove harmful bacteria and viruses, to remove
phosphorous, and to convert ammonia. A conventional
system, on the other hand is comprised of a building
sewer (a septic tank where solids can settle and
both the solids and effluent begin to degrade),
distribution lines, which prevent effluent from
overloading the soil, a soil absorption system,
which further treats the effluent by removing
harmful bacteria, viruses, phosphorous, and
nitrogen, and a reserve area.
conducts a system inspection?
Professional Engineers with a concentration in
civil, sanitary or environmental engineering,
Massachusetts Registered Sanitarians and Certified
Health Officers may perform system inspections.
Additionally, board of health members and agents,
professional home inspectors, licensed septage
haulers, system installers, Engineers in Training (EIT
certified with a concentration in civil, sanitary or
environmental engineering) and persons with at least
one year of experience in system inspection all may
conduct inspections, provided that they have
attended appropriate training and passed a MassDEP
inspectors' exam. To find Title 5 system inspectors
and/or soil evaluators, see our
Title 5 certified inspector lists
or contact the
Regional Service Center to
have one mailed to you.