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) 530-5572.
Environmental Health is part of the Chaffee County Development Services Department, which also includes Builidng Safety, Planning & Zoning and Road Permitting. The Department is located in Room 125 of the Chaffee County Administrative Building, 104 Crestone in Salida.
As of July 1st 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 719-530-5572, firstname.lastname@example.org or Charis Cheeseman at 719-530-5568, email@example.com.
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.