As COVID-19 continues to impact us locally, we will be closing all Public Health Madison & Dane County offices to the public effective Thursday, March 19, 2020.
Although this decision was not arrived at easily, it is a decision that we needed to make. We are prioritizing preserving the health and safety of our staff and clients while continuing to maintain our ability to provide essential services, including our response to COVID-19.
We will continue providing services through alternate avenues, detailed below, but at this time we are reducing our direct contact with the public.
The Lab will be reducing testing services. Specifically:
The Well and Septic program will continue regular services. Specifically:
We have received questions from both property owners and professionals about our routine septic maintenance program during this current public health emergency. Septic maintenance is possibly even more essential now with people spending more time in their homes. This maintenance can be completed without any personal contact with the service provider.
Public Health will not be conducting any routine septic maintenance (TAM) enforcement for the duration of the current COVID-19 emergency.
Clean drinking water is essential to health. We regulate sanitary and well location permits, monitor drinking water quality, and provide water testing services to protect our ground and surface waters, and reduce the spread of disease.
Information on how to get your water tested for bacteria, metals, and other chemicals through our Environmental Health Laboratory.
Sanitary permit, inspection, and maintenance information for private septic systems.
Well location permit information and well water testing testing recommendations for private wells.
Data on the current water quality in Madison and Dane County, including sources of our most common pollutants and ways to improve water quality.