Environmental Health Services

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Our purpose is to assist in the protection of our community's health through the prevention and control of environmentally related communicable diseases and through the minimization of exposure to environmental health hazards.

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Our Drinking Water Program monitors the quality of drinking water in Clallam County, approves the siting of new wells and ensures drinking water is available for all new developments. The lab tests water samples from individual wells and public water systems.
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The Food Safety & Living Environment Program works to ensure safe food service practices and water recreation facilities along with safe schools. We offer public education, print food worker cards issued online, and inspect and permit food service and water recreation facilities. Our school program monitors school safety issues.
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Our On-site Septic System Program makes sure septic systems function properly. We do this through the permitting process, operations & maintenance, homeowner education like the Septics 201 DIY Homeowner Inspection Program, and responding to complaints. We also regulate and license the professionals who inspect, install and pump septic systems.
rounddropThe Shellfish & Surface Water Quality Programs are responsible for monitoring, protection, and restoration of our local water ways. Our Shellfish Program monitors for marine biotoxins, and informs the public of unsafe harvesting conditions. The Surface Water Quality Program encompasses long and short-term projects and initiatives, addressing pollution and promoting safe water quality practices.
The Solid & Hazardous Waste section permits solid waste facilities such as landfills. We respond to complaints and enforce solid waste regulations. We also ensure safe disposal of hazardous waste by promoting use of the Moderate Risk Waste Facility in Port Angeles. We provide technical assistance for homeowners in need of disposal options and can refer small businesses for technical assistance.
Other programs like Air Quality, Animal Vectors, Pests & Diseases and Emergency preparedness work closely with local and state jurisdictions like the Department of Health, Ecology, local Emergency Management and the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency to help coordinate responses. 

Office Location

Environmental Health Services is located in several different offices throughout the Courthouse complex. The main office for public contact is located within the Department of Community Development office, in room 130 on the main floor of the Courthouse, across from the Commissioners' Office.