Environmental Health

Food Services Programs
The Health District inspects all licensed food establishments to assure compliance with the requirements of the Public Health Code. We seek to reduce the public risk of foodborne illness by providing reasonable protection from contaminated food and by improving the sanitary condition of food establishments. The Health District investigates reports of illnesses caused by food. By identifying the cause of the illness, we can prevent future occurrences. All plans for new and renovating food establishments are reviewed and approved by the Health District to help ensure that they are built or renovated according to current food safety standards.

Housing and Property Maintenance Code Enforcement
Local ordinances establish minimum standards for the maintenance of all premises. It is the responsibility of the Health District to enforce these codes. Buildings are inspected to assure that lighting, ventilation, electricity, heating and plumbing are installed correctly and properly maintained.

Vector Control-Mosquito and Tick Reduction
Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus are just two examples of vector-borne diseases. The Health District has a variety of educational materials available to the public. These materials are an excellent resource for information regarding protection of people, pets, and property. In order to assess West Nile Virus activity, a bird surveillance program is in place from May until late fall.

Swimming Pool Inspections
Pools and spas operated at apartments, condominiums, parks, schools, and clubs are regulated by the State Health Code and regularly inspected by the Health District. Requirements include chemically balanced, safe water, proper signage, rest rooms with warm showers, and fencing with proper gates. Individual pool owners can receive answers about pool safety and water quality.

Water Testing and On-Site Sewage Disposal
On-site sewage disposal systems (septic systems) are inspected for compliance with the CT Public Health Code. This includes site investigation, design approval, permit issuance, and other necessary inspections. Individual wells are evaluated to assure that an adequate supply of safe drinking water is available to residents.

Rabies Alert and Follow-up
Rabies is a fatal, viral disease that can be spread by the saliva of infected animals, including bats, to people. It can be prevented by vaccinating pets and people who work with animals. Anyone who suspects that they may have had an exposure should contact their physician and the Health District. All positive tests for rabies are immediately reported to the Director of Health. The Health District staff then ensure that exposed victims receive appropriate medical attention.