Environmental Health Services
Albemarle Regional Health Services promotes these simple measures to ward off ticks and mosquitoes and to reduce breeding sites.
- Keep grass short, and remove plants that attract animals such as deer and rodents;
- Pour out standing water, and remove containers that can hold water;
- Keep gutters clean and in good repair;
- Repair leaky outdoor faucets and change the water in bird baths and pet bowls at least twice a week;
- Check window and door screens;
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks;
- Read label instructions for repellents containing DEET; and
- Talk with your veterinarian about treatments for your pets.
Please call Environmental Health at 338-4490 for more information.
Programs Managed By EHS
ARHS Environmental Health ensures the health and safety of residents while reducing the threat of the spread of communicable diseases through evaluation and education of environmental health policies and regulations.
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Environmental Health Program.
Private Drinking Well Inspections
This section protects the public health by ensuring proper construction of private drinking water wells. It is also committed to providing the highest quality of service to the public through its implementation of the statewide well rules.
Swimming Pool Inspections
Inspection of all public swimming pools in the six-county region.
Communicable Disease Investigations
Investigation of any communicable disease progression including food-borne illnesses with members of Albemarle Regional Health Services' Epidemiology Team.
Food & Lodging investigations
Inspection and evaluation of each restaurant, child care center, hospital, school, jail, meat market, residential care, and nursing home, hotel, and motel in the region.
Annual assessments and inspections to determine if a septic system is functioning properly. Upon site evaluation and if the system is failing, the Albemarle Regional Health Services' Environmental Health Division is notified. Recommendations are then made to improve the performance of the system.
Childhood lead poisoning investigations are evaluated by the Environmental Health Specialists and assessed through education, home visits, abatements, and re-entry into the home or building.
On-site evaluations, governed by the state and local rules and ordinances, are performed to determine if a site is suitable or marginal to support a septic system for utilization by the community and/or individual families.