Join us for a year-long celebration to celebrate our 25th anniversary with the Waste No Water Library Tour!

In April, we launched the Waste No Water Library Tour, a 10+ library series to engage the public in over 10 Cape towns, focusing on the wastewater successes and challenges each town faces.

We kick off the conversation with a showing of the recent Scientific American documentary Yellow Tide that features MASSTC’s efforts. We invite local boards of health, pond groups, homeowners, water advocates, realtors, landscape companies, basically anyone interested in the topic of wastewater to gather and better understand how innovative/alternative systems, including urine diversion, are just one important piece of the ongoing wastewater puzzle.

You are all so important to this conversation. Please join us!

Here are the current scheduled dates and times:

April 8th (National Water Week): Centerville Public Library, 11am-12pm

April 22nd (Earth Day): South Yarmouth Public Library, 11am-12pm. Check out our favorite water-related book reading list we put together with them on their website!

May 8th: West Tisbury Public Library: 4:30pm-5:30pm

May 13th, Wellfleet Public Library, 6pm-7:30pm

June 8th (World Oceans Day): Hyannis Public Library, 10:30am-11:30am

July 24th: Brewster Ladies Library, 2pm-3pm

August 9th: Cotuit Library, 2pm-3pm

August 22nd: 1pm, Jonathan Bourne Public Library, 1pm-2pm

September 9th: Woods Hole Public Library, 6pm-7pm

October 3rd: Osterville Village Library, 3pm-4pm

December 3rd: Snow Library, Orleans, 5pm-6pm

More library dates to come-stay tuned! If you don’t see your library here and want us to come there, reach out!

For information about any of these events or how you can get involved, reach out to us here.

Read a book!

MASSTC has also curated a collection of books at the libraries on the past, present and future challenges of healthy public water and sanitation. We hope this section will help you better understand why we need more diversified wastewater infrastructure on Cape Cod to support better pond, lake and ocean health and ultimately, to also protect our drinking water.

The collection currently includes 30 books ranging from historical glances back at the first ways humans used water for irrigation and sanitation to modern day tools and thinking around ways we can protect it. Take a peek over on the Yarmouth Public Library website to see the reading list and let us know if we should be adding other titles!


For 25 years, the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center (MASSTC) has provided space for technologists to develop, test, and certify cutting edge wastewater treatment systems. We’re pretty darn proud of that.

In the early 1990s, it became evident that nitrogen and other contaminants from septic systems were damaging Cape Cod’s marine resources and coastal embayments. To address degrading water quality, the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment and its partners established the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center (MASSTC). 

Today MASSTC is the nation’s premier third-party testing and research facility for innovative/alternative (I/A) technologies, engaging in extensive research funded by state and federal grants. MASSTC is also partnered up with Barnstable County’s SUP (Septic Utility Program), to help Cape Cod’s municipalities effectively manage advanced septic system technologies.