Public Health

Connecticut River Area Health District (CRAHD)

The Town of Chester is happy to announce joining the CT River Area Health District (CRAHD) as of July 1st, 2018.

Formed in 2006, the district was a result of an effort to regionalize local public health services in the lower Connecticut River Valley. The CRAHD member Towns include Clinton, Old Saybrook, Deep River, Haddam, and Chester. CRAHD serves its population of over 40,000 year- round residents, as well as a seasonal swell in population of our shoreline towns during the summer months. We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our residents and being a source of information for health-related concerns.

The CRAHD services include but are not limited to: monitoring the health status of the population, disease control and prevention and dedication to reducing the risk of disease, promoting better health in adults and children including promotion of healthy lifestyles, health education for a better informed population, environmental health and code compliance to ensure safe water, food, public facilities, sanitation, waste water disposal, public pools, day care centers, vermin control and minimum housing standards, preparing for health emergencies such as a new emerging infection or a shift in a perennial disease, and planning and implementing community public health programs.

CRAHD Office Hours in Chester effective July 1, 2018

Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.

One Tuesday evening a month 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Please call: 860-526-0013 ext.206 during Chester’s office hours.

NEW: Chester residents can conduct business anytime during the CRAHD central office hours in Old Saybrook.


CRAHD Central Office Hours in Old Saybrook

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Please call: 860-661-3300

Visit their website at for more information/forms/application/contact information.

The Sanitarian is responsible for ensuring compliance with the State of Connecticut Public Health Code regulations and requirements. This includes, but is not limited to: soil testing or new and repair of septic systems; feasibility studies for subdivisions; plan reviews, issuance of permits, and inspections of septic systems; well permits; approvals for swimming pools, decks, building additions, etc.

The Sanitarian also conducts complaint investigations, oversees food service inspections of food service establishments, performs West Nile Virus surveillance for the State Department of Environmental Protection, and addresses other public health issues. Bioterrorism has emerged as an important public health issue.

Other Health Department duties and responsibilities include inspection of school cafeterias, daycare facilities, the issuance of water well permits, lead paint investigations, pool inspections, etc. Also the Sanitarian manages the mandatory septic tank pump out program for the WPCA and assists the WPCA in wastewater issues that affect the Town Municipal subsurface Sewage Disposal System and water quality.

For information about waste disposal, including disposal of household hazardous waste, see Waste Disposal