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Below is a list of major public records available in the Environmental Health Division of the McHenry County Department of Health. Records are typically associated with and stored by specific location (i.e. address or permanent index number).

Food Protection Program
Documents related to current and historical retail food establishments (fixed, mobile, and temporary) in McHenry County including:

  1. Reviews of Construction Plans for New and Remodeled Food Establishments
  2. Food Inspection Reports and Supporting Documents (i.e. permit applications, correspondence, notices, photos, etc.)
  3. Complaint Investigations
  4. Illness Investigations

Potable Water Program
Documents related to private, semi-private and non-community public water supplies including:

  1. Permit Records: new wells, replacement wells, modifications to wells and abandonment of water wells from February 1, 2003 forward.
  2. Well Construction Reports: log of well construction data (i.e. type, materials, size, depth, general geology, etc. for new and replacement water wells.)
  3. Non-Community Public Water Supplies: documents related to the inspection and water quality monitoring of non-community public water supplies.
  4. Water Well Evaluation: evaluation of the current operation of a water well typically done for real estate transactions and/or refinancing of mortgages. Includes analysis of water sample for coliform bacteria and nitrates.)
  5. Complaint Investigations

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems
Documents associated with onsite wastewater treatment systems including:

  1. Permit Records: new system installations, replacement system installations, repairs and abandonment of systems from February 1, 2003 forward.
  2. Site Evaluations: written evaluation of the suitability of a site to install a compliant onsite wastewater treatment system to serve a new residence or structure.
  3. Health Reviews: written evaluations of the impact of an addition, remodeling project or accessory structure on an existing onsite wastewater treatment system or water well.
  4. Septic System Evaluation: evaluation of the current operation of an onsite wastewater treatment system typically done for real estate transactions and/or refinancing of mortgages.
  5. Subdivision Review: reviews of proposed subdivisions to be served by onsite wastewater treatment systems
  6. Non-Residential Aeration Unit Registrations: documents related to the annual registration and inspection of aeration units serving non-residential properties utilizing onsite wastewater treatment systems.
  7. Special Waste Holding Tanks: documents related to annual registration and inspection of special waste holding tanks serving properties utilizing onsite wastewater treatment systems.
  8. Septage Management: permit and inspection files for Private Sewage Disposal System Pumping Contractors operating in McHenry County.
  9. Complaint Investigations

Nuisance Control
Documents related to response to complaints of public health nuisances including vectors, indoor air quality, open burning, unsanitary living conditions, accumulations of rubbish, etc.

  1. Complaint Investigations
  2. Radon Analysis Results: results from Radon test kits purchased from the Department  (results by zip code only.)

Private Swimming Pools
Documents related to inspection of private swimming pools for compliance with the McHenry County Swimming Pool Barrier Requirements:

  1. Historical  inspections of unincorporated private swimming pools completed by the McHenry County Department of Planning & Development
  2. Swimming Pools With Variances for Swimming Pool Barriers
  3. Complaint Investigations

Public Beaches
Documents related to the licensure, inspection and water quality sampling of public beaches in McHenry County.

  1. Inspection Reports
  2. Water Sample Results
  3. Complaint Investigations

Laboratory
Documents related to the water sample analysis of surface water, private and semi-private water supplies, non-community public water supplies and limited community water supplies completed by the McHenry County Department of Health laboratory.

Tanning Facilities
Documents related to the licensure and inspection of tanning facilities operating in McHenry County

Body Art Establishments
Documents related to the licensure and inspection of body piercing and body are facilities in McHenry County.

Community Water Supplies
Community water supplies are under the regulatory authority of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). The McHenry county Department of Health does have a limited number of documents (primarily courtesy copies from IEPA) related to community water supplies operating in McHenry County including:

  1. IEPA Well Site Survey Reports
  2. IEPA Inspection Reports
  3. Water Sample Analysis Results
  4. Copies of Public Water Supply Construction Permits
  5. Copies of Public Water Supply Operating Permits
  6. Boil Order Notifications
  7. Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Public Notices of Intent
  8. IEPA Right to Know Notifications
  9. Complaint Responses

Community Sewer Systems
Community sewer systems are under the regulatory authority of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). The McHenry County Department of Health does have a limited number of documents (primarily courtesy copies from the IEPA) related to community sewer systems operating in McHenry County including:

  1. Notice of Amendment of Illinois Water Quality Management Plans
  2. IEPA Applications for Permit or Construction Approval
  3. Complaint Responses

Solid Waste
Documents related to the storage and handling of solid waste including:

  1. Inspection Reports and Supporting Documentation (permits, blue prints, closure plans, correspondence, etc.) of historical and current IEPA permitted solid waste facilities (municipal landfill, compost facilities, transfer stations) in McHenry County Northern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC) Abandoned Dump Sites
  2. McHenry County Solid Waste Plan and subsequent updates
  3. Reports
  4. Complaint Investigations
  5. Solid Waste Franchising Ordinance
  6. Bonfire Permits: permits issued by the McHenry County Department of Health for  recreational bonfires

Groundwater Protection
Documents related to prevention of groundwater contamination, monitoring of groundwater quality and groundwater contamination incidents, water sample analysis of private, semi-private or non-community public water supplies to assess public health risk due to groundwater contamination.

Please note: the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is the regulatory authority for groundwater contamination incidents.

  1. Copies of IEPA data related to known groundwater contamination sites
  2. Water Sample Analysis near sites
  3. Gravel Pit Monitoring Well Sample Results
  4. Complaint Investigation

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