The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District (RRHD) provides services to approximately 166,000 residents in the counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock and spans approximately 1,950 square miles of area. Each of the five counties is resident to one RRHD Environmental Health Office with our main office located in Warrenton, VA. Our Environmental Health services consist of three primary programs, Food and General Services, Onsite Sewage and Water Services, and Rabies Prevention Program.
Some of the services provided by The Food and General Environmental Services division include:
- Inspection and permitting of food establishments, temporary food events, tourist establishments (hotels, motels, inns, and bed and breakfast facilities), migrant labor campgrounds, campgrounds and summer camps, and public swimming pools.
- Investigation of potential food borne related complaints.
- Education on food safety and other environmental risks.
Some of the services provided by The Onsite Sewage and Water Services division include:
- Evaluation and design of conventional onsite sewage construction permits.
- Evaluation and review of Private Onsite Soil Evaluator’s (OSE) & Professional Engineer (PE) designs for alternative onsite sewage construction and alternative discharge construction permits.
- Evaluation and issuance of single and multi lot certification letters.
- Evaluation and design of private well permits (includes drinking water, agricultural use, geothermal, and private well abandonment).
- Investigation of onsite sewage and private well environmental complaints
- Inspection of onsite sewage and private well construction
Rabies Prevention Program:
- The environmental health staff works closely with local animal control officers throughout the five counties to track animal bite reports and to confine animals for observation that may have been exposed to or may have exposed others to rabies.
- Animals that are suspected of being rabid are sent to the state laboratory for testing.
- The program monitors rabies prevalence throughout the RRHD and works closely with RRHD epidemiologist staff to assure that persons potentially exposed to rabies receive appropriate post-exposure treatment.