Environmental Health Services include inspections and permitting of septic systems, private drinking water wells, swimming pools, hospitals, daycare centers, schools, food handling, tattoo parlors, and lodging establishments.
Services also include site evaluation for septic system and well permits and restaurant plan review and pool plan review. This section sponsors rabies clinics, food handling sanitation seminars, and training for day care workers.
What are your hours of operation?
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Onsite Wastewater and Well Program staff are available
7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
What are the health department’s requirements to open and operate a child care center?
Contact the Food & Lodging Program Specialist with the Environmental Health Section for forms and relevant information.
Should I have my child tested for lead poisoning?
If your child is under the age of six, it is a good idea to have him/her tested. Testing is especially
important if your child lives in a home built prior to 1978, or if the child regularly visits a
structure that was built prior to 1960. If paint in an older structure is in poor condition (flaking, chipping, peeling) or has been disturbed by recent remodeling in any location your child spends time, then it is also a good idea to have the child tested.
If the child is over the age of six, should I have him/her tested for lead poisoning?
The risk is not as great due to changes in hand to mouth activities. Also, the development of
the central nervous system and brain is not as readily affected by lead after the age of six.
Lead is not healthy at any age, but the human body doesn’t absorb it as effectively as we
What can be done regarding garbage complaints?
The Environmental Health section does not investigate complaints of improper garbage disposal. We may refer these complaints to the Macon County Solid Waste Department.
How do I get a permit to operate a food service establishment?
Contact the Food & Lodging Program Specialist with the Environmental Health section for forms and relevant information.
How do I file a complaint about a restaurant and/or a possible food related illness?
Call the environmental Health Section, where the call will be referred to the designated specialist who will in turn, investigate the complaint.
How do I get my land checked for a building site that would require a septic tank and/or well?
Fill out the necessary county application in its entirety. The specialist will contact you to set an appointment to visit the lot, evaluate the soil characteristics, and determine the suitability of the relevant parameters and either approve or disapprove the lot. Fees are variable, dependent upon the design flow of the system.
If my land is turned down as unsuitable for septic, can I appeal that decision?
You have 30 days to appeal a denial. Information is included in every denial letter explaining your rights.
How can I file a complaint about a failing septic system?
Contact the Environmental Health Section where the complaint will be referred to the designated specialist who will follow up with the complaint in a timely manner.
What is required for the construction and operation of a public swimming pool?
The first step is to complete a plan review application. Then, submit plans designed by an engineer, with an engineer’s seal and await the plan review approval. The EHS will conduct construction inspections. Next, permit fees need to be paid for the application for operations permit. Then the EHS will conduct a final inspection and permit the pool. Keep in mind a pool operator must be available and responsible for the swimming pool. Existing pools require annual renewal applications and payments of relevant fees associated.
How do I become a Certified Pool Operator?
Contact the Environmental Health Section for names and addresses for a list of instructors available within the private sector.
How can I get my well
water sampled and tested?
For $20.00, a standard bacteriological analysis is performed for the presence of fecal and total
coliforms, which indicate contamination of the water supply. The sample may be collected by an Environmental
Health Specialist (EHS) for a fee of $50.00.