Filing a Complaint with the Environmental Health Division

The Environmental Health Division manages the following programs: Liquid Waste, Water Wells, Recreational Health, Food, and Small Water Systems. There are also other public health programs that may involve Environmental Health such as mold, tattoo and piercing parlors, lead poisoning, West Nile Virus, and vector control. Please refer to the following list as a guide on how to submit a complaint about an Environmental Health program.

All complainant information is confidential. Please be as specific as possible. Please leave a telephone number for an investigating Environmental Health Specialist to contact you - sometimes it is necessary to obtain further information such as specific directions to a site, historical data, or other information.

Button blue squareLiquid Waste Program:

  • A failing septic system or a septic system illegally repaired or installed: Please call the Placerville office at (530) 621-5300. (On-site septic systems are not allowed in the Tahoe Basin).
  • A break in a public sewer line: On the west slope, please call the Placerville office at (530) 621-5300. If you know it is an EID line, also call (530) 622-4513. If you know it is a City of Placerville line, also call (530) 622-5250.
    - In the South Lake Tahoe area, call our SLT office at (530) 573-3450. If you know it is an STPUD line, also call (530) 544-6474.

Button blue squareWater Wells or Small Water System Programs:

  • An illegally installed or destroyed well:
  • A contaminated well:
    On the west slope, please call the Placerville office at (530) 621-5300. In the South Lake Tahoe area, call our SLT office at (530) 573-3450.

Button blue squareRecreational Health Program: [Reminder: this office does not regulate private pools and spas]

  • A dirty or unsafe public pool or spa area (e.g., broken drain covers, broken gates or fences, etc.)
  • Unclear water in a public pool or spa:
    On the west slope, please call the Placerville office at (530) 621-5300. In the South Lake Tahoe area, call our SLT office at (530) 573-3450.
    Rafting company complaints: unsafe food handling, illegal garbage or liquid waste discharge: please call the Placerville office at (530) 621-5300.

Button blue squareFood Program:

  • Foodborne illness complaints: Click here for more information, including information that is necessary from the possible victim for a complete and thorough investigation.
  • Other food facility complaints (e.g., illegal food sales, dirty facility, etc.): On the west slope, please call the Placerville office at (530) 621-5300. In the South Lake Tahoe area, call our SLT office at (530) 573-3450.

Button blue squareOther Environmental Health / Public Health programs:

  • Smoking in Public, Vector Control, West Nile Virus, Tattoo & Piercing Parlors on the west slope, please call the Placerville office at (530) 621-5300. In the South Lake Tahoe area, call our SLT office at (530) 573-3450.


Filing a Complaint with another Environmental Management Department Division: 

Solid Waste Enforcement & Complaints

Department Environmental Health Specialists enforce the County's Solid Waste Ordinance. This ordinance governs the accumulation, storage, collection and disposal of solid waste generated on residential, commercial and industrial properties within the County. Complaints alleging improper solid waste management practices on the west slope of the county can be lodged by calling (530) 621-5300. Complaints alleging improper solid waste management practices on the east slope of the county can be lodged by calling (530) 573-3450.

Solid Waste Ordinance
Chapter 8.42 - SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT ORDINANCE

For more information regarding
Solid Waste Enforcement and Complaints, please call: In Placerville: (530) 621-5300; In South Lake Tahoe: (530) 573-3450