Environmental Health Programs/Services
See Also: Emergency Preparedness | Documents & Forms | Food Safety Posters
Ryan Wheeler, MPH, LEHP – Director of Environmental Health
Julia Niziolek, BS – Associate Sanitarian
Kate Mueller, BS – Associate Sanitarian
Food Protection Program
This program is in place to protect every individual consuming food in Iroquois County from food-borne illness by enforcing the Iroquois County Food Service Ordinance and the Illinois Department of Public Health Food Services Sanitation Code. This is achieved through inspections of food service establishments throughout the year.
Potable Water Program
The agency works to eliminate disease transmission and chemical poisons through the provision of a safe, potable, and adequate supply of water for drinking, culinary, and sanitary purposes for every individual within Iroquois County. This is achieved through the enforcement of the Water Well Ordinance of Iroquois County, the Illinois Department of Public Health Water Well Construction Code, and the Illinois Department of Public Health Water Well Pump Installation Code. Services include:
- Inspections of non-community water systems
- Inspections of newly constructed or repaired wells
- Testing of private well water
- Issuance of permits for newly constructed wells
- Inspections of abandoned well sealings
- Surveying existing wells for loan/environmental surveys
- Issuance of permits for newly constructed geothermal wells
- Inspections of newly constructed geothermal wells
- Complaint inspections
Private Sewage Disposal Program
The goal of this program is to protect every individual in the jurisdiction of the Iroquois County Public Health Department from contraction and transmission of disease by enforcing the Sewage Disposal Ordinance of Iroquois County as well as the Illinois Department of Public Health Private Sewage Disposal Licensing Act and Code. Services include:
- Inspections of newly constructed or repaired septic systems
- Inspections of disposal sites
- Inspections of pumper trucks
- Issuance of permits for newly constructed or repaired septic systems
- Surveying of existing septic systems for loan/environmental purposes
- Complaint inspections
Inspections of tanning facilities located within Iroquois County is conducted to protect patrons of tanning facilities from the hazards of ultraviolet radiation through the enforcement of the Illinois Tanning Facilities Code.
Vector Control Program
This program works to decrease the incidence and spread of West Nile Virus by providing education, surveillance, and mosquito control in Iroquois County through enforcement of the Nuisance Ordinances of Iroquois County.
West Nile & Zika Virus
This program works to protect all residents of Iroquois County from the hazards of exposure to toxic substances such as radon.
This program assists in the enforcement of the Smoke-free Illinois Act and educates the public regarding the Act. Additionally, it supports effective, school-based programs for tobacco use prevention in order to reduce initiation and encourage cessation of tobacco use among young people.
The goal of this program is to raise public awareness regarding the dangers of radon and to increase the number of homes tested in Iroquois County by providing information and test kits to the public.