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Environmental Health

Contact Info

33 East Main Street - 1st floor
Portland Connecticut


Russell Melmed                           Director of Health                        Phone: 860-365-0884                Fax: 860-342-6787

Liz Davidson, RS

Sanitarian III

Phone: 860-342-6718

Health Department Forms

Environmental Health

In 2004, Portland joined the Chatham Health District. The District now includes the towns of East Hampton, East Haddam, Portland, Marlborough and Hebron. A sanitarian is maintained in each of the member town offices for the convenience of the local communities in obtaining permits and getting questions answered.

Currently the District has a web page on the Town of East Hampton website

Many of the District's forms are available there. 

Some of the Environmental Health programs the District operates are:

  • Food service licensing and inspection

  • Well permitting and inspection

  • Septic system permitting and inspection

  • Site plan reviews for new construction

  • Soil testing for lots to be using on-site systems

  • Environmental lead assessments when a child is reported with an EBL (elevated blood lead level) 

  • Provide information related to radon, asbestos and other hazardous substances

  • Provide information on vector control (rodents, mosquitoes)

  • Housing Code Compliance inspections

  • Day Care and school inspections

  • Bathing water sampling

In addition the District runs a number of Community Health Programs with other partner organizations.

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