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.

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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:

Septic Systems

Permitting and Inspecting Activities Related to Septic Systems

The Environmental Health Division is the authorized agent for IDPH to conduct all private sewage activities in Will County. The primary goal of the Sewage Disposal Program is to prevent the transmission of disease caused by exposure to sewage.

Water Well Safety

Supervising and Inspecting Water Wells

The Environmental Health Division of the Will County Health Department has broad responsibility over the permitting, regulating and supervising of private, semi-private and non-community water wells in the county.

Well and Septic Systems Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Common Well and Septic Questions

How do I know if I have a well?

If you live in a rural or unincorporated area of the county and do not receive a water bill, you most likely have your own private well. If the well is not visible, if may be buried in a pit, underground, or under/in the house or basement. If you are connected to the municipal water supply, contact your municipality or the Illinois EPA for any water questions. 

What if I am buying or selling a home that is on well and/or septic? 

If you are buying or selling a home, we offer a service to conduct a well and septic survey of the home. The well and septic survey will give you a better idea of where the well and septic is located, how it works, and if it is working. If you would like to conduct a well and septic survey, it is only $175.00 and you can start the request form (link attached below). 

Filing a Complaint

Filing a Complaint

How to File a Complaint with the Will County Health Department Environmental Health Division

The Will County Health Department Environmental Division processes complaints from the public involving food establishments (whether it be food borne or non-food borne issues), swimming and body art facilities and problem with sewage and wells.

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Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act

The Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act (410 ILCS 625), amended by SB1495, passed into law on August 27, 2013, changes the existing training and certification requirements for food safety managers, as well as establishes food handler training requirements. 

 

2018 ADOPTION OF THE FDA FOOD CODE

2018 ADOPTION OF THE FDA FOOD CODE

In preparation for the January 1, 2018 adoption of the FDA Food Code to the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code Will County Health Department food inspectors will be providing information throughout 2017 on the changes food service operations should expect. One significant change is the requirement for a PERSON IN CHARGE (PIC). The Person in Charge shall be the permit holder or designated by the permit holder. The Person in Charge shall be present during all hours of operations. This means that when the permit holder or manager has a day off or leaves the food service establishment they must designate a Person in Charge. The Person in Charge shall demonstrate knowledge of food borne disease prevention, the application of food safety principles and the requirements of the Food Code. Not designating a Person in Charge that is capable of fulfilling the requirements would result in a priority violation that could impact whether the food service establishment will Pass, Pass with Condition or Fail the inspection. During this transition period it is important to obtain training for staff and to implement food safety procedures that all staff are aware of and practice on a routine basis. The permit holder and management team should become familiar with the FDA Food Code. It would be advantageous to create a written standard operating procedure manual. Also, establishing a chain of command to identify the Person(s) in Charge will be one step in ensuring that inspections result with PASS.

 

https://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/retailfoodprotection/foodcode/default.htm

WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS THERE TO TEST YOUR WELL WATER

WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS THERE TO TEST YOUR WELL WATER

Those With Private Wells Encouraged to do Annual Testing

If you live in a house that receives its water from a private well, getting it tested is as easy as a trip to the Will County Health Department.

RADON TEST KITS STILL AVAILABLE AT WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

RADON TEST KITS STILL AVAILABLE AT WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

New Shipment has Arrived; Test Your Home for Radon

Joliet- The Will County Health Department still has radon test kits available.

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NEW STATE LAW ON SCHOOL WATER TESTING FILLED FEDERAL LAW GAP

Requires Testing in Public and Private Schools Built Prior to 2000

Joliet- After the Flint lead crisis, when it was noticed by many that federal law does not require schools to test for and address neurotoxic lead in their drinking water, Illinois was one of the states that took action.

RADON INFORMATION FOR HOMEBUYERS

Video Available Concerning Those Purchasing a Home

Joliet- Real estate professionals and home sellers in Illinois have a new tool to help them meet state legal requirements regarding radon in homes. A three-minute video developed by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL) is now available to ensure home buyers receive information about radon as required by the Illinois Radon Awareness Act.

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YOUR BEST NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: CHECK THE AIR YOU BREATHE AT HOME

YOUR BEST NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: CHECK THE AIR YOU BREATHE AT HOME

January is Radon Action Month

Joliet- January is Radon Action Month, and the Will County Health Department is once again offering simple kits that allow you to test the air in your own home for $8.00.

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Botulism Outbreak Food For Thought

Botulism Outbreak Food For Thought

Health Department Working To Prevent Similar Incidents

JOLIET -- Foodborne botulism illnesses are rare in the U.S., but a recent outbreak in central Ohio illustrates what can happen when contaminated food is served.

Food Handler Training Now Available Through WCHD

Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act

Health Department Offers Safe Food Handling Tips

JOLIET – Did you know that Americans will account for nearly 76 million cases of foodborne illness (FBI), during 2014?  Worse yet, FBIs will hospitalize more than 325,000 by year’s end, and claim 5,000 American lives.

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