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:

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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Environmental Health News

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.

Health Department Warns Of Health Risks Posed By Mexican-Style Cheese From An Unlicensed Source

Statewide Investigation Ongoing

JOLIET – The Will County Health Department is teaming with the Illinois Department of Public Health, and local health jurisdictions across the state to warn consumers of health risks posed by Mexican-style cheese produced from an unlicensed dairy source.

Remember Food Safety During Holiday Meal Planning

Food Safety Tips

JOLIET --  Family dinners take on special significance during the holiday season, and food safety is especially important during those festive holiday gatherings.  The Will County Health Department reminds area residents that simple precautions can help to ensure that foodborne illnesses don’t ruin your holiday feasts. The following food safety tips should help to ensure that your holiday meals are a smashing success.

Health Department Expresses Growing West Nile Virus Concern

Many More Mosquito Samples Test WNV-Positive

More than 20 WNV mosquito samples have been harvested since early September. Personal protection against mosquito bites is strongly advised until first hard frost.
Avoid Possible Exposure to Rabies by Avoiding Bats and Wild Animals

Avoid Possible Exposure to Rabies by Avoiding Bats and Wild Animals

Eight bats test positive for rabies so far this year
West Nile Virus Precaution Makes the News

West Nile Virus Precaution Makes the News

WCHD Staff on CBS2 Monday

Our own Katie Nelson from the Will County Health Department Environmental Health Division explains trapping and collection to Mike Parker of CBS Chicago News during a news segment Monday night. Click to watch the video clip of the news segment.

Debris Management Means Safety

Debris Management Means Safety

Debris Can Cause Serious Pollution Problems

Even after floodwaters recede and the storms have passed debris remains that can cause serious pollution problems and potentially result in ill health effects. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) has developed this fact sheet to outline what you can do to ensure that the waste and debris are disposed of in a safe and environmentally sound manner. Please follow these guidelines to dispose of the debris.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT URGES RADON TESTING

RADON KITS AVAILABLE AT THREE HEALTH DEPARTMENT LOCATIONS

The Will County Health Department urges area homeowners to be aware of radon dangers and test their homes for the presence of an odorless gas with potentially dangerous consequences.
Protect Yourself and Your Family from Potentially Dangerous Mosquito Bites

Protect Yourself and Your Family from Potentially Dangerous Mosquito Bites

Ways in which you can Avoid Being Bitten by Mosquitoes

Here are several ways in which you can avoid being bitten by mosquitos that could carry the West Nile Virus. 

  • When mosquitos are biting, stay indoors during dawn and dusk or in the evening since they are most active during those times.
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