Local board of health guide to on-site wastewater treatment systems
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Local board of health guide to on-site wastewater treatment systems

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    The National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) is pleased to provide this Local Board of Health Guide to On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems. NALBOH contracted with Judith L. Sims, Associate Research Professor for Utah State University to write this guide for local board of health members. The Guide’s purpose is to help board members understand on-site wastewater treatment systems. The Environmental Health Services Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) encouraged the development of this project and provided technical oversight and financial support.

    Boards of health are responsible for fulfilling the three public health core functions: assessment, policy development, and assurance. The board of health must continually work to assure that there is adequate and appropriate legal authority for any public health activity, including on-site wastewater. In addition, the board must ensure the availability of sufficient resources, develop solid policies and procedures to support the program, facilitate collaboration between the partners and the public, and evaluate the effectiveness of the current program.

    This print guide and companion video/DVD are designed to assist local boards of health understand their role in an effective on-site wastewater treatment program. The resources begin by introducing board members to wastewater and how it is treated. They continue by discussing the local public health agency’s role in regulating on-site sewage systems and conclude by providing specific information on the local board of health’s responsibilities regarding its community’s on-site wastewater programs.

    Local boards of health are responsible for assuring the provision of adequate public health services in their communities, including protecting the community from the risks associated with inadequately treated effluent from on-site wastewater treatment systems.

    Members of a local board of health should actively seek to understand howon-site wastewater systems function, proactively work to assess their community’s needs, develop policies and programs to meet those needs, and assure that support is ava ilable to implement policies and programs.


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