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

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. 

 

Joliet, Elwood Sites for 14th and 15th Rabid Bats

Joliet, Elwood Sites for 14th and 15th Rabid Bats

One Found Deceased, One Found with a Cat

Report bats to Will County Animal Control at 815-462-5633.
Protect Your Groundwater Day Reminds Us to Keep an Eye on Water from Private Wells

Protect Your Groundwater Day Reminds Us to Keep an Eye on Water from Private Wells

Prevalence of Chemicals Makes Lab Testing Necessary

Have your water tested for bacteria and nitrates, so you can catch problems early.
West Nile Virus Update: 13 of 14 WCHD Traps Have Produced a Positive Sample

West Nile Virus Update: 13 of 14 WCHD Traps Have Produced a Positive Sample

Total of 248 Samples Taken in 2018, 40 of them Positive for WNV

So far in 2018, there has been one human case in Will County.
Will County's First 2018 Human West Nile Virus Patient May Have Picked it up While in Wisconsin, but Local Activity Exists

Will County's First 2018 Human West Nile Virus Patient May Have Picked it up While in Wisconsin, but Local Activity Exists

Had Recently Visited Wisconsin Dells

Number of positive WNV samples in Will County has risen sharply over the past month.
Will County Third in State on Postive West Nile Virus Mosquito Samples

Will County Third in State on Postive West Nile Virus Mosquito Samples

Latest Positive Samples from Manhattan and Crete Areas

Five positive batches in Will County, 9 in DuPage County, 81 in Cook County.
Wet, Hot Summer Bringing Increased Risk for both Nuisance and Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

Wet, Hot Summer Bringing Increased Risk for both Nuisance and Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

Extreme Heat Encourages the West Nile Virus-Carrying Culex Mosquito

Likely increase in presence of two distinct types of mosquitoes, one which brings about danger to humans
Environmental Health Division Very Busy Checking Swim Sites

Environmental Health Division Very Busy Checking Swim Sites

Getting Both Pools and Beaches Set for the Summer

All outdoor pools and beaches are required to pass an inspection.
Swim Healthy, Stay Healthy.

Swim Healthy, Stay Healthy.

May 21-27, 2018 is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

Educating swimmers to protect themselves and prevent the spread of germs.
2019 ADOPTION OF THE FDA FOOD CODE

2019 ADOPTION OF THE FDA FOOD CODE

In preparation for the January 1, 2019 adoption of the FDA Food Code to the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code Will County Health Department food inspectors will be providing information throughout 2018 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

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