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Waterborne Illness & Disinfection

Worldwide, disease causing organisms are by far the most important drinking water contaminants in terms of public health.  There are many different types of pathogens (bacteria, viruses, protozoa and parasites) that can be transmitted by unsafe drinking water, most of which cause severe diarrheal illness and vomiting.  According to the World Health Organization, 1.8 million people die each year from waterborn Read more

Coliform Testing & Water System Disinfection Instructions

Coliform Bacteria in Drinking Water Supplies -  contains a brochure produced by the New York State Department of Health with information regarding coliform testing (the standard test for potability).  This brochure aims to help interpret the results of your water sample. Read more

Water Treatment Systems

Choosing the right water treatment system for your home can be challenging and expensive.  There are many different types of treatment systems available and there are often several different ways to address a water quality problem.  No one type of treatment system is appropriate for all situations. Read more

Water Quality Testing

Ground water can contain a wide variety of both naturally-occurring and man-made minerals and chemicals.  Some of these can impart tastes and odors, cause staining of fixtures, or even leave sediments while others are undetectable without testing. Read more

Waterborne Illness & Disinfection

Worldwide, disease causing organisms are by far the most important drinking water contaminants in terms of public health.  There are many different types of pathogens (bacteria, viruses, protozoa and parasites) that can be transmitted by unsafe drinking water, most of which cause severe diarrheal illness and vomiting.  According to the World Health Organization, 1.8 million people die each year from waterborne pathogens.   Most of these deaths are Read more

Additional Requirements for Food Service Establishments with On-site Utilities

If your Food Service Establishment will be served by on-site water and/or sewage utilities (not connected to a municipal supply), additional Sanitary Code requirements must be met before you can obtain a permit.  Below is a fact sheet concerning these requirements and instructions on how to proceed.

Individual Water Supply Fact Sheets

The downloads below contain a series of fact sheets produced by the NYS Department of Health intended to provide guidance to NYS residents on the proper construction, maintenance and use of private water supplies.  Please note that these fact sheets are intended to supplement the "NYS Sanitary Code - Subpart 5-1, Appendix B: Standards for Water Wells."

Water/Sewage Surveys for Real Property Transfers

The Environmental Health Division routinely conducts inspections of private water supplies and sewage disposal systems for real property transfers.  These surveys are mandatory for all transfers of real property with onsite water supplies or sewage disposal systems.  There are certain exemptions (see the link to Part 17 of the Sanitary Code of the Cattaraugus County Health District below).

Exemptions Include: Read more

Cattaraugus County Laboratory Services

The Cattaraugus County Laboratory operates in accordance with Health Department's Mission Statement:

“The Cattaraugus County Health Department strives to engage and empower the public of all ages to live healthier lifestyles through efforts of education, prevention, promotion, monitoring, accessibility, affordability, technology, testing, diagnosing, and treating.”

When your physician orders laboratory testing, think of the Cattaraugus County Laboratory.  With your Doctor’s orders, we can perform many lab tests.
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Operation Report Forms for Public Water Systems & Public Pools

The “DOH-360CUV: Water System Operation Report” form is used to report on the daily operation of disinfection systems for public water supplies.

The "DOH-1323: Report on Operation of Swimming Pool" form is used to report on the daily operation of disinfection systems for public swimming pools.

Both of these forms are available in two file types below.  One is a pdf version that may be printed and filled in by hand.  The other is a MS Excel file, for operators that wish to fill out the report on a computer.  Read more

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