Thursday, April 24, 2014   

Environmental Health

Not only is it helpful to know what the Brunswick County Environmental Health Department does do, but also what it does not do.

What The Department Does Do

The Brunswick County Environmental Health Department has 5 primary functions:

  • Issues on-site wastewater treatment (septic) system permits. [Part of the Central Permitting process.]
  • Issues well permits.
  • Conducts sanitation inspections and oversees sanitation rules for restaurants, school lunchrooms, meat markets, other food-handling establishments; public swimming pools, child care centers, school buildings, tattoo establishments, lodging establishments, bed & breakfast homes, bed & breakfast inns, hospitals, nursing and rest homes, summer camps, local confinement facilities, and residential care facilities.
  • Monitors and enforces drinking water quality.
  • Controls stray animals, advises on controlling household pests (rats, cockroaches, flies, mosquitos, etc.).
What The Department Does Not Do

The Brunswick County Environmental Health Department is not responsible for the following areas (often mis-associated with the department):

  • Manage or enforce Air Quality issues. The North Carolina Department Of Environment And Natural Resources (DENR), Division Of Air Quality, oversees all matters related to air quality.
  • Manage or enforce Water Quality issues. The North Carolina Department Of Environment And Natural Resources (DENR), Division Of Water Quality, oversees all matters related to water quality. However, the Brunswick County Environmental Health Department does test household drinking water -- from a private well.
  • Regulate the use of wetlands. The Brunswick County Planning Department and the Division Of Environmental Management (District office in Wilmington, N.C.) enforce local policies and regulations about land disturbance, which includes the draining and use of wetlands. A greater protection and enforcement is conducted by the North Carolina Department Of Environment And Natural Resources, Division Of Water Quality, oversee greater matters related to wetlands.
  • Monitor or test recreational waters and shellfish. This testing is done by the North Carolina Department Of Environment And Natural Resources, Recreational Coastal Water Testing office.
  • Manage or enforce solid waste issues. The Brunswick County Operation Services Department manages solid waste (landfills, garbage collection, and recycling) for the county.
  • Manage or enforce hazardous waste issues. The Brunswick County Operation Services Department manages some household hazardous waste (e.g., asbestos) for the county. The majority of hazardous waste issues are handled through State and federal legislation. (See the North Carolina Department Of Environment And Natural Resources website and the Environmental Protection Agency website.)
  • Oversee certain municipal and package wastewater treatment plants. For complaints or concerns, please contact the North Carolina Division Of Water Quality, Wilmington Regional Office at 910-395-3900.
       Environmental Health

PO Box 9
Bolivia, NC  28422

Building A
25 Courthouse Drive, NE
Bolivia, NC  28422
MAP - County Complex

Phone: 910.253.2250
FAX: 910.253.2388

env-health@brunsco.net