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Keeping Our Environment Safe

Environmental Health Division


The Salem County Environmental Health Department covers a wide spectrum of areas that affect the health, environment and quality of life of the residents.

Safe Drinking Water

  • Public non-community water systems that provide water to the public are routinely inspected. Community water supply systems, such as municipal supply are inspected by the NJDEP. Inspections determine proper well water testing, and water system design and maintenance compliance in accordance with federal and state Safe Drinking Water regulations.
    Please visit the ‘NJDEP-Division of Water Supply and Geoscience Website’ for helpful links and forms.
  • Inspectors also respond to citizen complaints concerning drinking water.
  • Enforcement of violations is done through penalty assessments.
  • NJAC Regulations (PDF)

Public Bathing

Public bathing facilities including lakes, pools and spas are inspected twice per year.  Inspectors use the Public Recreational Bathing Regulations to determine if these facilities are operating in a safe and sanitary condition.

Please visit the State Department of Health’s Website for additional Information on:

If you are experiencing any problems with the water at your public recreational bathing facility please view the water trouble shooting guide:

Other Public Recreational Bathing Facility Guides:

Air Pollution Control

  • Inspections of large boilers and generators are performed in order to determine compliance with the operations of their permitted equipment.
  • Diesel idling surveillance is performed to discover compliance with vehicle idling regulations.
  • Inspectors respond to citizen complaints concerning possible air pollution, open burning and odors.
  • Enforcement of violations is done through penalty assessments.
  • PDF DOWNLOAD:  Outdoor Wood Boiler state regulations

Water Pollution Control

  • Inspectors respond to citizen complaints concerning ground and surface water pollution including overflowing septic systems and illegal discharges.
  • Enforcement is done through penalty assessment and court action.

Noise Pollution Control

  • Inspectors respond to citizen noise complaints concerning commercial / industrial noise pollution.
  • Calibrated noise meters are used to take certified noise readings.
  • Enforcement is done through penalty assessment and court actions.


  • The Salem County Department of Health enforces NJDEP’s Pesticide regulations under NJAC 7:30. The Health Department conducts site visits and inspects facilities for compliance with the state regulations.
  • For additional information, please visit the DEP’s Pesticide Control program website.

Hazardous Materials

  • Inspectors respond to reports of spilled and/or improperly disposed hazardous materials. Investigation of these reports determines if material is properly cleaned-up and orders clean-up if not.
  • A Sub-contract is maintained with a certified Hazardous Materials Response Team.
  • Enforcement of violations is done through a referral to NJ Department of Environmental Protection


Hazardous Substance surveys for Public and Private businesses are on file at the Health Department.

  • Employees may confidentially contact the Health Department for information contained in these surveys
  • Health Department performs outreach activities to assist businesses with requirements.
  • Random site inspections are done by state agencies to assure hazardous substance reporting and record keeping, proper labeling and storage of hazardous substances, and that workers are trained in the safe use of these materials.
  • Hazardous substance list and fact sheets for public employers are on the state website. Brochures and posters can be ordered on the website or obtained from the local Health Department.
  • Visit the NJ State website for public employers.
  • Visit the NJ State website for private employers.

Regulated Underground Storage Tanks

  • For all regulated UST questions, please contact the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, division of Haz-waste/UST Compliance and Enforcement at (856) 614-3655

Solid Waste Control

  • Inspections are performed at solid waste facilities including landfills, convenience centers, recycling centers, compost facilities and farmland mulch sites to determine compliance with the Solid Waste Management Act.
  • Inspectors investigate citizen complaints concerning solid waste issues and illegal dumping.
  • Trucks hauling solid waste are checked to ensure that they are registered and disposing of waste properly.
  • Enforcement is done through penalty assessment and court actions.
  • PDF DOWNLOAD – Guidelines for Proper Disposal of Household Waste
  • NJDEP Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Program