- Announcements -
Residents Reminded to Be Vigilant about Protecting Themselves from Mosquitoes
Click here for more information how to protect yourself from West Nile Virus (WNV), Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/ and Tick-borne related diseases www.mass.gov/eohhs/consumer/wellness/disease-prevention/communicable-diseases/ticks/ or you may contact the Board of Health at (978) 433-0328 or contact our Health Agent at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private Well Study
Recently released United States Geological Survey report on contaminants in Private Wells: Study finds tainted private wells around New England Study Confirms Presence of Contaminants in Some New England Bedrock Groundwater, ID's New Concerns, Determines Likely Locations. The results highlight the importance of private well owners testing and potentially treating their water.
Contact the Board of Health for more information on how to test your water. (978) 433-0328 or click this link for more infomation: http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/drinking/au/aulocate.htm.
Beavers are flooding my property, what do I do?
Contact the Board of Health at (978) 433-0328 for more info.
Tips for Septic Tank and Pump Chamber Owners
During Power Outages the Health Department offers some tips to protect your septic and pump chamber systems in the event of prolonged power outages.
Reduce your water use to a minimum, especially if the system has a pump chamber. If all the reserve storage inside the chamber is used, the waste pipes in your home can back-up. There is usually a two to three day supply of emergency storage space available in the pump tank.
Turn off the pump at the control panel.
WARNING: If the power outage caused the pump to malfunction, do not enter the pump chamber. Gases inside pump chambers are toxic and can be fatal. It is best to call a certified septic system installer for service or repair.
After power is restored, switch the pump on and let it run for a maximum of 5 minutes, and then turn it off. Repeat this manual switching every 6 hours until the effluent drops to the "OFF" level and the pump turns off by itself. If only a small amount of water was used, the pump may automatically turn off during the first switching.
CAUTION: When repairing the pump, always turn off the power supply at the circuit breaker and unplug all power cord before handling the pump or floats.
If you have questions regarding your pump system is always best to consult the manufacturer or a certified septic system installer for service or repair.
West Nile Virus
There have been a few recent confirmations of the West Nile Virus, a mosquito born virus, in the region. Learn more about the virus and how it's spreads.
West Nile Virus Fact Sheet
Home check for mosquito breeding grounds
Be part of an organized effort to help your Central Massachusetts community respond to public health emergency situations.
Worcester Regional Medical Reserve Corps
Region II Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition
Lyme disease (LD) is an infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a type of bacterium called a spirochete (pronounced spy-ro-keet) that is carried by deer ticks. Please click this link for information about Lyme disease.
Did you know?? There are lots of things you can do around your own backyard to make it less inviting for ticks! Visit the MDPH Tickborne Disease Website at www.mass.gov/dph/tick for suggestions. Please contact the Pepperell Board of Health for more information, and also how to obtain a free tick identification card.
There has been a slight rise in the number of reported incidents of rabies, learn more at www.cdc.gov/rabies
It will soon be flu season, see the latest information at www.pandemicflu.gov
West Nile Virus
For the most recent on information on recent West Nile Virus, visit the Mass. Department of Health website
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
For the most recent on information on Eastern Equine Encephalitis, visit the Mass. Department of Health website
For the most recent on information on Bed Bugs, visit the Mass. Department of Health and Human Services website