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Contact:
Robert Philbrick
Health Agent
Administrative Assistant
Address:
175 Central Street
East Bridgewater, MA 02333
Phone:
508-378-1612
Fax:
508-378-3946
Hours:
Mondays 8:30am - 8:00pm
Tuesdays - Thursdays 8:30am - 4:30pm
Fridays - 8:30am-12noon
 
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The Board of Health will hold its yearly rabies clinic at the Center at Sachem Rock on Plymouth Street on Monday evening,
June 12th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The fee is $10.00 (CASH ONLY) per animal.  The schedule will be as follows:

5:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. CATS
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. DOGS
**If you have both a cat and dog then please come at 5:45 p.m.

We ask that all dogs are on leashes and that cats are leashed in a carrier.  The clinic is done outdoors and if the vet has
to open the cat carrier there is a chance the cat will run, so the leash is extra protection.  Please do not bring feral cats.
In order to receive a 3 year vaccination you must provide proof of last vaccination, otherwise a 1 year vaccination will be given.

*Dog Licensing will also be available.


CALL SUSAN 508-378-1612 WITH QUESTIONS.




 Flu Shots are now available for residents over 18.  Please call the Board of Health for an appointment at 508-378-1612.



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Partners Home Care
Available on Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00am- 10:00am
Wednesdays 1:00pm - 3:00pm
at the Board of Health Office
Blood Pressure Checks, Glucose Testing, Nutritional Counceling.
PLEASE CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT.



The Board of Health meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. (unless there is a holiday).




EAST BRIDGEWATER BOARD OF HEALTH
GROUNDWATER PROTECTION/CESSPOOL REGULATIONS


        Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 111, §§ 31 and 122, the Board of Health of the Town of East Bridgewater hereby issues this regulation related to groundwater protection.  The reasons necessitating the issuance of the regulation are as follows:  
        Certain land uses have the potential to release hazardous waste, petroleum products, or other contaminants which significantly increases the risk of contamination.  Poor management practices, accidental discharges, and improper maintenance of these facilities may lead to the release of pollutants which can threaten surface and ground water quality.  Surface and ground water resources in the Town of East Bridgewater contribute to the town's drinking water supplies.  
        This regulation is, therefore, being adopted in order to preserve and protect the Town of East Bridgewater's drinking water resources from discharges of pollutants and to minimize the risk to public health and the environment of the Town due to such discharges.  The regulation shall apply, as specified herein, to all applicable facilities within the Zone IIs.  This regulation is effective this __17th__ day of July, 2007.  
DEFINITIONS
        For the purposes of this regulation, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings:
Commercial fertilizers:  Any substance containing one or more recognized plant nutrients which is used for its plant nutrient content and which is designed for use, or claimed by its manufacturer to have value in promoting plant growth.  Commercial fertilizers do not include un-manipulated animal and vegetable manures, marl, lime, limestone, wood ashes, and gypsum.
Department:  The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Discharge:  The accidental or intentional disposal, deposit, injection, dumping, spilling, leaking, incineration, or placing of toxic or hazardous material or waste upon or into any land or water so that such hazardous waste or any constituent thereof may enter the land or waters of the Commonwealth.  Discharge includes, without limitation, leakage of such materials from failed or discarded containers or storage systems and disposal of such materials into any on-site leaching structure or sewage disposal system.
Hazardous Material:  A product, waste or combination of substances which because of its  quantity, concentration, or physical, chemical, toxic, radioactive, or infectious characteristics may reasonably pose a significant, actual, or potential hazard to human health, safety, welfare, or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, used, disposed of, or otherwise managed.  Hazardous materials include, without limitation, synthetic organic chemicals, petroleum products, heavy metals, radioactive or infectious materials, and all substances defined as "toxic" or "hazardous" under M.G.L. c. 21C and 21E, using the Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Substance List found at 310 C.M.R. 40.0000).  The definition may also include acids and alkalis, solvents, thinners, and pesticides.
Historical High Groundwater Table Elevation: A groundwater elevation determined from monitoring wells and historical water table fluctuation data compiled by the United States Geological Survey.
Landfill:  A facility established in accordance with a valid site assignment for the purposes of disposing solid waste into or on the land, pursuant to 310 CMR 19.006.
Non-sanitary wastewater: Wastewater discharges from industrial and commercial facilities containing wastes from any activity other than collection of sanitary sewage, including, but not limited to, activities specified in the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes set forth in 310 CMR 15.004(6).
Open Dump:  A facility which is operated or maintained in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (42 U.S.C. 4004(a)(b)), or the regulations and criteria for solid waste disposal.
Septage:  The liquid, solid, and semi-solid contents of privies, chemical toilets, cesspools, holding tanks, or other sewage waste receptacles.  Septage does not include any material which is a hazardous waste, pursuant to 310 CMR 30.000.
Sludge: The solid, semi-solid, and liquid residue that results from a process of wastewater treatment or drinking water treatment.  Sludge does not include grit, screening, or grease and oil which are removed at the headworks of a facility.
Treatment Works:  Any and all devices, processes and properties, real or personal, used in the collection, pumping, transmission, storage, treatment, disposal, recycling, reclamation, or reuse of waterborne pollutants, but not including any works receiving a hazardous waste from off the site of the works for the purpose of treatment, storage, or disposal.
Very Small Quantity Generator:  Any public or private entity, other than residential, which produces less than 27 gallons (100 kilograms) a month of hazardous waste or waste oil, but not including any acutely hazardous waste as defined in 310 CMR 30.136.
Waste Oil Retention Facility:  A waste oil collection facility for automobile service stations, retail outlets, and marinas which is sheltered and has adequate protection to contain a spill, seepage, or discharge of petroleum waste products in accordance with M.G.L. c. 21. s. 52A.
Zone II: The area of an aquifer which contributes water to a well under the most severe pumping and recharge conditions that can be realistically anticipated (180 days of pumping at safe yield with no recharge from precipitation), as defined in 310 CMR 22.00.

PROHIBITIONS
        Notwithstanding any land uses which are otherwise permitted by local, state, and/or other federal laws, the siting of any of the following is prohibited in the Zone II:
1. landfills and  open dumps;
2. automobile graveyards and junkyards;
3. sludge and septage monofils;
4. disposal or stockpiling of chemically treated snow and ice that have been removed from highways and roadways from outside the Zone II;
5. petroleum, fuel oil and heating oil bulk stations and terminals, including, but not limited to, those listed under Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes 5983 and 5171, not including liquefied petroleum gas.  SIC Codes are established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and may be determined by referring to the publication, Standard Industrial Classification Manual and any subsequent amendments .
6. facilities for the treatment or disposal of non-sanitary wastewater, except:
(a).    Replacement or repair of an existing system is exempt if the existing design capacity is not exceeded; and
(b).    Treatment works approved by the Department and designed for the treatment of contaminated ground or surface waters and operated in compliance with 314 C.M.R. 5.05(3) or 5.05(13); and
(c).    Publicly owned treatment works.
7.  Facilities that generate, treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste, except:
(a).    very small quantity generators (VSQGs)
(b).    household hazardous waste collection centers or collection events,     
(c).    waste oil retention facilities, and
(d).    treatment works for the restoration of contaminated ground or surface waters in compliance with M.G.L. c. 21E and 310 C.M.R. 40.000.
8.  Removal of soil, loam, sand, gravel, or any other mineral substances within four feet of the historical high groundwater table elevation, except:
(a).    substances which are removed and re-deposited within 45 days of removal on site to achieve a final grade greater than four feet above the historical high water mark; and
(b).    excavations for the construction of building foundations or  the installation of utilities.
9.  Land uses that result in impervious cover, of any lot or parcel, more than 15% or 2,500 feet (whichever is greater), unless a system of artificial recharge of precipitation is provided that will not result in the degradation of groundwater quality.
CONDITIONAL PROHIBITIONS
The storage of certain waste materials, chemicals, and petroleum products is prohibited except if contained in accordance with the following requirements.
1. Storage of sludge and septage unless such storage is in compliance with 310 C.M.R. 32.00.
2. Storage of roadway de-icing chemicals (sodium chloride, chemically treated abrasives, or other chemicals), chemical fertilizers and animal manure;  unless such storage is within a structure designed to prevent the generation and release of contaminated leachate or runoff.  
4. Storage of liquid hazardous materials, as defined in M.G.L. c. 21E, and/or liquid petroleum products, unless materials are stored:
(a).    above ground level  and on an impervious surface, and
(b).    in containers (or above ground tanks) within a building, or, outdoors in covered containers (or above ground tanks) designed and operated to hold either 10% of the total possible storage capacity of all containers, or 110% of the largest container’s storage capacity, whichever is greater.
        These storage requirements shall not apply to the replacement of existing tanks or systems for the keeping, dispensing or storing of gasoline provided the replacement is performed in a manner consistent with state and local requirements.
        Compliance with all provisions of this regulation must be accomplished in a manner consistent with Massachusetts Plumbing, Building, and Fire Code requirements.
EFFECTIVE DATES FOR ALL FACILITIES
        The effective date of this regulation is the date posted on the front page of the regulation, which shall be identical to the date of adoption of the regulation.
1. As of the effective date of the regulation, all new construction and/or applicable change of use within the Town of East Bridgewater shall comply with the provisions of this regulation.
2. Certification of conformance with the provisions of this regulation by the Board of Health shall be required prior to issuance of construction and occupancy permits.
PENALTIES
        Penalties may be used as a means to achieve compliance with the BOH regulations.  Effective 1992, maximum fines for health violations increased.  M.G.L. c. 111, §§ 31 and 122 provide for maximum penalties of $1000.  Failure to comply with provisions of this regulation will result in the levy of fines of not less than $ 200 but no more than $1000.  Each day's failure to comply with the provisions of this regulation shall constitute a separate violation.

SEVERABILITY
Each provision of this regulation shall be construed as separate to the end that, if any provision, or sentence, clause or phrase thereof, shall be held invalid for any reason, the remainder of that section and all other sections shall continue in full force and effect.

EAST BRIDGEWATER BOARD OF HEALTH



*Adopted by the BOH 7/17/07 and filed with the Town Clerk’s Office


EAST BRIDGEWATER BOARD OF HEALTH
FLOOR DRAIN/CESSPOOL REGULATIONS REGULATION

       Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 111, §§ 31 and 122, the Board of Health of the Town of East Bridgewater hereby issues this regulation related to floor drains and water protection.  The reasons necessitating the issuance of the regulation are as follows:  
        Surface and ground water resources in the Town of East Bridgewater contribute to the town's drinking water supplies.  Discharges of hazardous wastes and other pollutants to floor drains leading to leaching structures and septic systems have repeatedly threatened surface and ground water quality throughout Massachusetts.  Floor drains in industrial and commercial facilities are often tied to a system leading to a leaching structure (e.g. dry well, cesspool, leach field) or a septic system.  Poor management practices and accidental and/or intentional discharges may lead to petroleum and other toxic or hazardous materials getting into these drainage systems in certain facilities.  Improper maintenance or inappropriate use of these systems may allow the passage of contaminants or pollutants entering the drain to discharge from the leaching structure or septic system to the ground potentially impacting the Town’s water supply.   
        This regulation is, therefore, being adopted in order to preserve and protect the Town of East Bridgewater's drinking water resources from discharges of pollutants and to minimize  the risk to public health and the environment of the Town due to such discharges.  The regulation shall apply, as specified herein, to all applicable facilities within the Zone II areas.  The regulation is effective this ____ day of July, 2007.  

DEFINITIONS
        For the purposes of this regulation, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings:
Commercial and Industrial Facility:   A public or private establishment where the principal use is the supply, sale, and/or manufacture of services, products, or information, including but not limited to:  manufacturing, processing, or other industrial operations; service or retail establishments; printing or publishing establishments; research and development facilities; small or large quantity generators of hazardous waste; laboratories; hospitals.
Department:   The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
Discharge:   The accidental or intentional disposal, deposit, injection, dumping, spilling, leaking, incineration, or placing of toxic or hazardous material or waste upon or into any land or water so that such hazardous waste or any constituent thereof may enter the land or waters of the Commonwealth.  Discharge includes, without limitation, leakage of such materials from failed or discarded containers or storage systems and disposal of such materials into any on-site leaching structure or sewage disposal system.
Floor Drain:   An intended drainage point on a floor constructed to be otherwise impervious which serves as the point of entry into any subsurface drainage, treatment, disposal, containment, or other plumbing system.
Leaching Structure:   Any subsurface structure through which a fluid that is introduced will pass and enter the environment, including, but not limited to, dry -wells, leaching catch basins, cesspools, leach fields, and oil/water separators that are not water-tight.
Oil/Water Separator:   Device designed and installed to separate and retain petroleum based oil or grease, flammable wastes as well as sand and particles from normal wastes while permitting normal sewage or liquid wastes to discharge into the drainage system by gravity.  Other common names for such systems include MDC traps, gasoline and sand traps, grit and oil separators, grease traps, and interceptors.
Hazardous Material:  Any substance or mixture of physical, chemical, or infectious characteristics posing a significant, actual, or potential hazard to water supplies or other hazards to human health if such substance or mixture were discharged to land or water in the Town of East Bridgewater.   Hazardous materials include without limitation: synthetic organic chemicals; petroleum products;  heavy metals; radioactive or infectious wastes; acids and alkalis; solvents and thinners in quantities greater than normal household use; and all substances defined as hazardous or toxic under MGL 21C and 21E, and 310 CMR 30.00.   
Zone II: The area of an aquifer which contributes water to a well under the most severe pumping and recharge conditions that can be realistically anticipated (180 days of pumping at safe yield with no recharge from precipitation), as defined in 310 CMR 22.00.

PROHIBITIONS
        With the exception of discharges that have received (or have applied and will receive) a Department issued permit prior to the effective date of this regulation, no floor drain(s) shall be allowed to discharge, with or without pretreatment (such as an oil/water separator), to the ground, a leaching structure, or septic system in any industrial or commercial facility if such floor drain is located in either:
A. an industrial or commercial process area,
B. a petroleum, toxic, or hazardous materials and/or waste storage area, or
C. a leased facility without either A or B of this section, but in which the potential for a change of use of the property to a use which does have either A or B is, in the opinion of the Board of Health or its agent, sufficient to warrant the elimination of the ground discharge at the present.

REQUIREMENTS FOR EXISTING FACILITIES
A. The owner of a facility in operation prior to the effective date of this regulation with a prohibited (as defined above) floor drain system shall:
1. disconnect and plug all applicable inlets to and outlets from (where possible) applicable leaching structures, oil/water separators, and/or septic systems;
2. remove all existing sludge in oil/water separators, septic systems, and where accessible, leaching structures.  Any sludge determined to be a hazardous waste shall be disposed of in accordance with state hazardous waste regulations (310 CMR 30.000).  Remedial activity involving any excavation and/or soil or groundwater sampling must be performed in accordance with appropriate Department policies;
3.  alter the floor drain system so that the floor drain shall be either:
a. connected to a holding tank that meets all applicable requirements of Department policies and regulations, with hauling records submitted to the East Bridgewater Board of Health at the time of hauling;
b. connected to a municipal sanitary sewer line, if available, with all applicable Department and local permits; or
c. permanently sealed.  Any facility sealing a drain shall be required to submit for approval to the Board of Health a hazardous waste management plan detailing the means of collecting, storing, and disposing any hazardous waste generated by the facility, including any spill or other discharge of hazardous materials or wastes.
B. Any oil/water separator remaining in use shall be monitored weekly, cleaned not less than every 90 days, and restored to proper conditions after cleaning so as to ensure proper functioning.  Records of the hauling of the removed contents of the separator shall be submitted to the Board of Health at the time of hauling.
C. Compliance with all provisions of this regulation must be accomplished in a manner consistent with Massachusetts Plumbing, Building, and Fire code requirements.
D. Upon complying with one of the options listed under Section A.3., the owner/operator of the facility shall notify the Department of the closure of said system by filing the Department's UIC Notification Form (which may be obtained by calling 617/292-5770) with the Department, and sending a copy to the East Bridgewater Board of Health.

EFFECTIVE DATES FOR ALL FACILITIES
        The effective date of this regulation is the date posted on the front page of the regulation, which shall be identical to the date of adoption of the regulation.
A. Existing Facilities:
1. Owners/Operators of a facility affected by this regulation shall comply with all of its provisions within (120) days of the effective date;
2. All applicable discharges to the leaching structures and septic systems shall be discontinued immediately through temporary isolation or sealing of the floor drain.
B. New Facilities:
1. As of the effective date of the regulation, all new construction and/or applicable change of use within the Town of East Bridgewater shall comply with the provisions of this regulation.
2. Certification of conformance with the provisions of this regulation by the Board of Health shall be required prior to issuance of construction and occupancy permits.
3. The use of any new oil/water separator shall comply with the same requirements as for existing systems, as specified above.

PENALTIES
        Failure to comply with provisions of this regulation will result in the levy of fines of not less than $200, but no more than $1000.  Each day's failure to comply with the provisions of this regulation shall constitute a separate violation.

SEVERABILITY
Each provision of this regulation shall be construed as separate to the end that, if any provision, or sentence, clause or phrase thereof, shall be held invalid for any reason, the remainder of that section and all other sections shall continue in full force and effect.


EAST BRIDGEWATER BOARD OF HEALTH



*Adopted by the BOH 7/17/07 and placed on file with the Town Clerk’s Office



EAST BRIDGEWATER BOARD OF HEALTH

SUPPLEMTARY RULES AND REGULATIONS

TITLE V, 310 CMR 15.000

1.01    Purpose In order to protect the public health and environment these regulations are established to further protect the groundwater, surface waters, drinking water and wetlands.

1.02    (1) In accordance with the provisions of 310 CMR 11.02 of the State Environmental Code and under the authority of M.G.L. Chapter 111 Section 31, the Board of Health of East Bridgewater hereby adopts these Supplementary Rules and Regulations to the State Environmental Code: Title V, 310 CMR 15.000, Standard Regulations of the siting, construction, inspection, upgrade and expansion of on-site sewage treatment and disposal systems.
(2) The provisions of these Supplementary Rules and Regulations shall be read together with the provisions of 310 CMR 15.000.
(3) The purpose is to require precautions to avoid potential danger and to restrict conditions proven to be harmful.  The precautionary principle is to protect even the threat of harm to the environment.  The precautionary action is to avoid harm before scientific certainty has been established.
(4) The effective date will be 1 January 2005.

1.03    System Failure Criteria
(1) Purpose:  To avoid contamination of ground water and surface water by substandard on-site sewage disposal systems.  Substandard systems present a serious threat to drinking water thus negatively affecting the public health.  This contamination also poses a threat to designated wetlands affecting the environment and public health.
(2) Cesspools
(a)     Septic systems of one cesspool shall be upgraded to conform to 310 CMR 15.00, the State Environment Code, Title 5, Minimum Requirements for the Subsurface Disposal of Sanitary sewage and the Town of East Bridgewater requirements.
(b)     When the bottom of a cesspool with an overflow system is within 2 feet of seasonal high ground water level as determined by a licensed soil evaluator, it shall be upgraded to conform to 310 CMR 15.00, State Environmental Code, Title 5, Minimum Requirements for the Subsurface Disposal of Sanitary Sewage and the Town of East Bridgewater requirements.
(c)     All other cesspools with overflows or leaching pits require further evaluation by the Board of Health.
(d)     This section shall apply to any septic system inspection conducted in accordance with 310 CMR, 15.301 of the State Environmental Code, Title 5.  This regulation shall also be strictly enforced during the building permit application process.



Adopted by unanimous vote on February 22, 2005.


 
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