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Environmental Services

The Northeast District Department of Health works diligently to comply with all State of Connecticut mandates for district health departments. Community outreach and instructional health programs serve to educate our residents so they can make informed choices and prevent illness. A comprehensive network of local, regional, state and federal resources allows our skilled team to provide knowledgeable guidance during public health emergencies, and we are there following any situation or emergency to assess, analyze and improve these vital public health services. This important work brings us into every corner of our communities. Here are just a few of the many areas where you’ll find us working hard to protect your health:

Environmental Programs

Water Quality and Quantity - Healthy water makes for a healthy community. NDDH inspects private wells and works with agencies responsible for public water supplies to assure that our water quality is free of harmful bacteria, chemicals and pollutants.

Subsurface Sewage Disposal - NDDH has adopted the CT Public Health Code Technical Standards as their regulatory guideline. Site investigations are conducted and recorded, septic plans are reviewed, permits to construct are issued, and all necessary inspections of the septic system are conducted by NDDH sanitarians according to these technical standards.

Food Protection - Food services establishment inspections are conducted based on classification categories set forth by the State of Connecticut. All food service establishments are permitted annually. NDDH conducts Food Awareness and Safety Training (FAST) classes monthly for non-profit and food service staff, and also offers the Qualified Food Operator Certification Course quarterly for food service workers.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Program - Per CT State Statutes, NDDH staff is required to investigate and follow up on elevated blood lead levels in children under the age of six. Certain results may require epidemiological and environmental investigation. The district participates in a lead abatement program, which provides free assistance to qualifying families.

Motel/Campground/Daycare/Tattoo Facility Inspection/Youth Camp Food Service Inspection - NDDH conducts annual motel and campground inspections, bi-annual daycare inspections, and assists the State of CT with youth camp kitchen inspections. It also inspects tattoo facilities to assure for proper documentation and physician oversight.

Complaint Investigation/Code Enforcement – NDDH staff investigates all complaints received by the department. Complaints violating the Public Health Code and CT General Statutes are subject to enforcement procedures.

Helpful Links

EPA Office of Ground Water
and Drinking Water
www.epa.gov/safewater/
sdwa/index.html

Connecticut Environmental
Health Association
www.cteha.org

Environmental Protection Agency
www.epa.gov

State of CT Dept. of Environmental Protection
www.dep.state.ct.us

Connecticut Public
Health Code

State of CT Subsurface Sewage Program