How Does Environmental Health Serve the People of Lake County?
The Lake County Division of Environmental Health is comprised of a team of dedicated public health professionals that are focused on their mission to promote and protect the health of the people of Lake County through education and the enforcement of public health laws. Disease control and prevention are at the heart of this mission. This is done though the administration and implementation of several local public health programs such as:
- Food Safety Program where we permit and inspect all facilities that sell food to the public including community events.
- Recreational Health Program where we permit and inspection all public pools and spas. During the summer, we monitor public beaches for bacterial quality.
- Land Development Program where we permit and inspect on-site sewage disposal systems and permit and inspect the construction of new water wells . We also make comments on land-use proposals to the Planning Department.
- Hazardous Materials Management Program where we permit and inspect underground storage tanks and facilities that handle hazardous materials.
- Solid Waste Program were we permit and inspect solid waste haulers and municipal facilities such as the landfill, the transfer station and closed dumps.
- State Small Water System Program where we permit and inspect public water systems between 5 and 14 connections.
- Emergency Response and Preparedness Program where we respond and prepare for disasters and accidents. These may include hazardous materials spills, sewage spills, flood events and other threats to public health and safety.
- Nuisance Complaints where we respond and work to eliminate public health hazards and nuisances.
- Body Piercing and Tattoos where we register business conducting body piercing, permanent makeup and tattoos.
- Special Projects such as the Waste Tire Enforcement Grant and working with other agencies in groundwater protection, bioterrorism response, and investigating environmental crimes.
The mandate and authority to implement these programs comes from Chapter 9 of the Lake County Code and from the State Health and Safety Code.