Public Health

The Sanitarian is responsible for ensuring compliance with the State of Connecticut Public Health Code regulations and requirements. This includes, but is not limited to: soil testing or new and repair of septic systems; feasibility studies for subdivisions; plan reviews, issuance of permits, and inspections of septic systems; well permits; approvals for swimming pools, decks, building additions, etc.

The Sanitarian also conducts complaint investigations, oversees food service inspections of food service establishments, performs West Nile Virus surveillance for the State Department of Environmental Protection, and addresses other public health issues. Bioterrorism has emerged as an important public health issue.

Other Health Department duties and responsibilities include inspection of school cafeterias, daycare facilities, the issuance of water well permits, lead paint investigations, pool inspections, etc. Also the Sanitarian manages the mandatory septic tank pump out program for the WPCA and assists the WPCA in wastewater issues that affect the Town Municipal subsurface Sewage Disposal System and water quality.

For information about waste disposal, including disposal of household hazardous waste, see Waste Disposal

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