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Environmental Health

Environmental Health

The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) enhances quality of life by protecting public health and safeguarding environmental quality. DEH educates the public to increase environmental awareness and implements and conducts enforcement of local, state and federal environmental laws when necessary to protect public and environmental health.

Community Health Division

Responded to 8,361 complaints and requests for service about mosquitoes, rats, and flies

Investigated 1,181 aerial identified neglected swimming pools

Conducted 65 investigations involving radioactive materials or x-ray units

Food & Housing Division

Over 21,000 permitted facilities including retail food, public pools, public housing, body art and massage facilities

Conducted 50,000 inspections of these facilities

Oversight of more than 14,000 retail food facilities in San Diego County including over 7,600 restaurants 2,400 markets and 1,200 mobile food facilities

Issued 6,571 new health permits, not including temporary event permits

Renewed/processed 79 annual temporary event permits and 825 temporary single-event permits

Renewed/processed 978 annual temporary event food vendor permits and 2,310 temporary single-event food vendor permits

Inspected 2,705 temporary event food vendors

Responded to 192 food recalls, advising retailers of the recall and coordinating with them to ensure that affected foods were taken off the shelves

Responded to 1,924 complaints with an average response time of 2.8 days

Land & Water Quality Division

Reviewed 345 water well permits for new construction and destructions

Conducted 650 septic system installation inspections for new construction and repairs

Provided oversight for 150 small drinking water systems

Issued 582 monitoring well permits for new construction and destructions

Provided oversight for 187 mobile home and RV parks with over 16,330 spaces

Collected or evaluated 4,807 beach water samples

Completed 220 plan checks for recycled water projects

Conducted over 500 solid waste inspections

Hazardous Materials Division

Completed 9,480 inspections and informal enforcement actions

Initiated 64 formal enforcement actions

Investigated 929 complaint investigations and Hazardous Incident Response Team (HIRT) responses

Responded to 4,713 customer service calls and emails

Accepted 10,060 Hazardous Materials Electronic Reporting submittals

Received and processed 903 calls at the CERS Help Desk

Processed 1,327 plan check applications for facilities storing hazardous materials undergoing construction

Processed 243 Underground Storage Tank (UST) Plan Check applications; 38 for UST removals, 8 for new UST installations and 197 for UST repairs/modifications

Environmental Health