Response to the Threat of WNV

Informing the Public and Testing in Response to an Outbreak

In the event of a dead bird actually testing positive for WNV or the identification of suspected or confirmed human cases, the department will immediately notify the public of the situation and provide advice on how they may best protect themselves. 

Surveillance of WNV Outbreaks

Increased Monitoring Efforts in Conjunction with Local Government and Health Care Providers

Local government units, health and veterinary care providers and a variety of other agencies play a critical role in protecting public health from mosquito-borne diseases by forming part of the dense environmental surveillance network that acts to first identify possible outbreaks of WNV.

Testing Water for Coliforms

Screening for Total Coliform and E. coli as an Indicator of Water Safety

Why should my water be tested for Coliforms and E.coli? Most Coliforms are not harmful but serve as indicators of the general microbial quality of water.

Testing for the Presence of Nitrate

High levels of Nitrate in Drinking Water can be Dangerous to Health

Nitrate is naturally found in many types of food. However, high levels of nitrate in drinking water can make people sick. Exposure to excessive concentrations of nitrate can cause blue baby syndrome as a result of asphyxiation since the blood loses the ability to transport oxygen. 

Hardness Testing

Hard Water forms Deposits that Clog Plumbing

Excessive hard water forms deposits that clog plumbing and requires more soap and detergents for cleaning and laundering clothing.

Fluoride Testing

Proper Amounts of Fluoride Helps Prevent Tooth Decay

Fluoride exists naturally in water sources and is derived from the element fluorine. It is important in the prevention of tooth decay. If you use a well, fluoride levels should be checked by a laboratory. The optimal level of fluoride in the water supply are 0.9-1.2 ppm (parts per million).   

Tanning Establishments Program & Body Art Program

Tanning Establishments Program & Body Art Program

Inspections of Tanning and Body Art Facilities

The Environmental Health Division carries out regular inspections of all tanning bed establishments and body art facilities in the County. Licensing and inspections of tanning and body art facilities reduces the risk to the public using these facilities.

The Environmental Health Division is the authorized agent for IDPH to conduct inspections of all tanning bed and body art facilities in the County of Will. The Environmental Health Division inspectors are certified and trained by IDPH to ensure that all tanning and body art facilities are operated in accordance with the state regulations as set forth in the Tanning Facility Permit Act, the Tanning Facilities Code and the Body Art Code.

For more information about opening a tanning facility or body art facility, contact IDPH at 217-785-2439.


Swimming Facilities and Beaches Program

Swimming Facilities and Beaches Program

Inspections to ensure the Safety of Public Pools and Beaches

 A dive into your local swimming pool or beach is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer’s day. Swimming in fact is one of the best forms of exercise for adults and children all-year around.  After receiving a license from the IDPH, all those wishing to operate a swimming or bathing beach facility in the county must file an application with the WCHD that includes the appropriate annual inspection fee. The fee schedule is included in both the ordinance and the application. 

Well and Septic Program

Well and Septic Program

Permitting and Inspecting Activities Related to Wells and Septic Systems

The Environmental Health Division of the Will County Health Department is responsible for permitting, inspecting and monitoring private and, semi-private and non-community water wells throughout the county. No well under the jurisdiction of the WCHD can be drilled, modified or deepened without receiving a permit from the department. Acting as the authorized agent for IDPH, the division also performs soil and site evaluations to determine soil suitability for the installation of private sewage disposal systems. Septic permits are issued and staff conducts inspections of all new or repaired septic systems to ensure that they have been installed and maintained according to the appropriate state and county regulations.

How to Disinfect Your Well

How to Disinfect Your Well

Inexpensive and Effective Procedure to Remove Harmful Bacteria from Private Wells

The purpose of disinfecting a dug or drilled well is to destroy all disease causing microorganisms (pathogens) that may be present in the well. If after testing the analysis indicates that your well water is unsatisfactory for drinking or cooking, the following procedure should be used to restore water quality:

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