Chester Township shares Health Department services with Washington Township.
Phone: (908) 876-3650
- Cristianna Cooke-Gibbs: Health Officer – ext. 1240
- Gail Johnson: Public Health Nurse – ext. 1242
- Kurt Bockbrader: REHS – ext. 1243
- Elyssa Loiacono: REHS – ext. 1244
In order for a dog license to be issued, the dog owner must show to their municipal licensing authority proof that a licensed veterinarian administered a rabies vaccine to the dog (rabies vaccination certificate). New Jersey regulations require that the duration of immunity from the most recent vaccination to extend through at least the first 10 months of the 12 month licensing period. Animals that have duration of immunity which expires prior to the 10 month cut-off must receive a booster rabies vaccination prior to licensure. (N.J.A.C. 8:23A-4.1)
Health Services Information
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There is a Lyme Disease Support Group at the Zion Lutheran Church at 11 Schooley’s Mountain Road, Long Valley on the second Tuesday of every month from 7pm-9pm. All are welcome and no need to pre-register. Information, resources and support are available. For more information contact: Bill Kubik 908-930-6252.
More information about Lyme Disease can be found at: www.LymeDiseaseAssociation.org
Zika Virus spreads to people mainly through the bite of 2 species of mosquitoes. Most people with Zika virus do not show symptoms of illness. Some people do not even know they are infected. The greatest risk for complications from Zika is to a pregnant woman’s fetus. It is important for pregnant women, or couples trying to get pregnant, to be very cautious. Pregnant women should avoid traveling to Zika infected areas. If they need to travel they should check with their healthcare provider for travel guidance. Below are websites with important information on Zika and other mosquito borne illnesses:
Worried about bites from mosquitoes? The Morris County Division of Mosquito Control is available to provide educational programs about mosquito control. If you know of a group that might benefit, please pass this information along. And remember to remove standing water around your property, found in buckets, tires, toys, wheelbarrows, etc.
Radon Test Kits Available
The Chester Township Health Department, in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Radon Program, would like to make all residents aware of the need to test their homes for Radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. However, because radon is invisible and odorless, it is easy to ignore this potential hazard in our own homes. In fact, the risk of lung cancer from radon is greater than the risk from fire or other home accidents.
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when uranium and radium break down in the soil and in rock formations. Radon gas moves up into the home through cracks in the foundation and openings around pumps, pipes and drains. Because radon levels vary from house to house, the only way to determine if your home exceeds the action level is to test it for radon.
Radon is measured in picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) of air. The average U.S. indoor level is about 1.3 pCi/L. At 4 pCi/L. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the NJDEP recommend that action be taken to reduce radon levels if the level in the home is greater than or equal to 4 pCi/L.
This year, Chester and Washington Townships were fortunate to have obtained a grant from the State of New Jersey for the purpose of promoting Radon awareness. For that reason, Radon Test Kits will be available at the Washington Township Health Department for a reduced rate of $6.00 per kit. The kit includes the testing canister, instructions, pre-paid mailer, testing and results mailed to the homeowner.
The Health Department encourages all residents to test their homes for Radon.
If you have questions, please call the Washington Township Health Department at (908) 876-3650.
Get the Lead Out
For some of us living in older homes, lead poisoning is still a real threat to drinking water. Lead found in tap water usually comes from the corrosion of older fixtures and pipes or from lead-based solder that connects pipes. It is important to test your water for lead. The EPA action level for lead in drinking water is 15 parts per billion. Anything above that level can cause damage to the brain, nervous system and red blood cells. Children and pregnant women are especially susceptible to the effects of lead exposure.
Lead levels increase when no one has used water and it sits in pipes and faucets for several hours. In the short term you can lower the lead in your water by running the tap until it’s cold and only use cold tap water for cooking. Be sure to use the dispelled water for household cleaning or to water plants. For a long term solution, ask your plumber to investigate your system.
Septic & Well
Summer hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day:
- Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hours for the rest of the year, Labor Day through Memorial Day:
- Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Inspections are scheduled as needed. Please call 24 hours in advance for all inspections. The phone number is 908-876-3650. If a contractor needs an inspection the same afternoon, they must call by 9:00 a.m. to schedule the inspection.
Residents using water from private wells are urged to have their water supply tested annually. Sample bottles for may be obtained from the Washington Township Health Department. Call 908-876-3650 for complete information.
Disposal of Syringes
Contact your local disposal company and ask what their protocol is for syringe disposal. Some companies will take them as long as they are in a sealed container. If your disposal company will not take them then you can take them to:
St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover
400 Blackwell St. ( Rt.46 east)
Enter through the lobby and stop at the Information desk. A volunteer will assist you Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. They will take your containers and replace them with new containers. For questions call (973) 625-6041.
Morris County’s Human Service’s Website
Some resources for residents: Flu Information for Parents, Keeping Records of Family Medical History, Health Alerts, Healthfinder, NJ Communicable Disease Service, Rabies Information plus much more.