Chaffee County Environmental Health provides a variety of services to the community, and places a high priority on consumer protection. Environmental Health specialists conduct routine inspections and complaint investigations related to environmental health matters in retail food establishments, child care facilities, and schools. The department also responds to complaints concerning swimming pools, public accommodations, mobile home parks, campgrounds and other recreational facilities.
In addition, Environmental Health provides general environmental protection. Environmental Health specialists issue permits and conduct inspections for individual sewage disposal systems and test well water supplies. The department can supply information on many other environmental issues as well.
If you need information or would like to report an environmental health concern, please call (719) 207.1498.
Environmental Health is part of the Chaffee County Public Health Agency.
The Department is located in the Touber Building at 448 E First St., Suite 137, Salida.
Beginning in 2017 we have several changes that you should be aware of. Victor Crocco has moved to the Public Health Department full-time and will no longer be conducting inspections for Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems. These inspections will be conducted through the Building Department. Please refer all OWTS inspection and permitting questions to this department. OWTS inspections must be called into the inspection request line (719.539.2121 Option #1) by 7:00 a.m. the day the inspection is requested. We will do our best to honor AM or PM inspection requests. Please do not contact inspectors to schedule inspections.
We do not allow anyone to install, repair or maintain septic systems without a license. Septic Permits are only issued to Chaffee County Licensed Contractors with a current license. If you receive a permit by email or mail for a project for which you are not the contractor, please inform this office as soon as possible.
To help insure that the septic system is installed per the approved design, we will be requiring that the permit and approved plans are available onsite during the inspection. All sand tickets and as-builts must be onsite and complete or the inspection will not be performed. The as-built will need to be on the approved sheet provided by Chaffee County and all information must be completed (including licensed installers signature). Please be sure that you have all of the required information onsite at the time of your inspection.
The use the revised OWTS permit application, including the new as-built form. We will require the use of this as-built form. Please discard all previous forms and use this form, revision dated 01.03.2017.
System pumpers are required to have a valid license to do work within Chaffee County. If the system pumper is going to submit letters regarding system inspections, status, or reports they must also be certified by CPOW or NAWT to do so.
As of July 1st, 2015 Chaffee County has adopted the new septic regulations (see below). All licensed installer are required to take the new exam that covers these regulations. The exams are available in the Salida and Buena Vista offices and will be free of charge for all currently licensed installers, if taken before January 1, 2015. As always the exam is open book and will cover many aspects of the Onsite Wastewater System Regulations, so please be prepared. The new regulations are available on our OWTS website page. OSWS Permits will not be issued to contractors who have not taken and passed the new exam. If you have any questions please contact Victor Crocco, Environmental Health Manager at Charis Cheesman at 719-530-5568, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New On-site Wastewater Treatment System (Septic System) Regulations Effective July 1, 2014, Chaffee County has adopted new State mandated regulations for On-site Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS). State law requires that the County adopt regulations that are no less stringent than the minimum State regulations, and the Chaffee County regulations essentially mirror the minimum State regulations. In general, the new regulations will result in smaller tanks and absorption fields, but will likely require more engineer-designed systems and thicker sand filters. The regulations are available on our OWTS page.