The Environmental Health Department develops and collaborates on local, regional, state and federal initiatives to protect the community's environmental resources. The team structures and implements programs to enhance public environmental health in Pitkin County, as well as the quality of its environment.
Onsite Wastewater Treatment
The department is responsible for the review, permitting, and final inspection of onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTSs). Technical assistance is provided for property owners whose systems have failed and for property owners designing their own systems (where engineering is not required).
Consumer Protection Program
The department inspects retail food service establishments, child care facilities and schools under a contract with the Consumer Protection Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Plan reviews are required for any new or remodeled retail food establishments. Food-borne illness complaints are investigated in conjunction with Community Health Services, Inc.
Disease Prevention & Other Environmental Health Concerns
The environmental health professionals in the department work to educate the public about emerging diseases, such as West Nile Virus. Air quality issues and noise complaints are handled by the department, which also fields questions from the public on issues such as mold, asbestos, and radon.
Smuggler Superfund Site
The environmental health manager is responsible for complying with the consent decree and implementation of the county's institutional controls on the Smuggler Superfund Site.