Summit County News Releases
Boil order issued for Samak Country Estates
(March 23, 2017) — The Summit County Health Department has issued a boil water order for residents of Samak Country Estates. All water received through these service lines should be boiled before consumption.
Recent samples submitted by the water system show that the water contains unsafe levels of e. coli. The boil water order will remain in effect until further notification. This boil order does not affect other water systems and is specific to residents connected to the Samak Country Estates water system.
Residents on this water system are being told to bring their water to a rolling boil for three minutes before using it. This use includes drinking, cooking, doing dishes, handwashing and brushing your teeth. Showering in untreated water is not recommended. It is okay for pets to drink the water.
The Summit County Health Department will continue to test the water and will alert the operators of the water system and their customers when the water is safe to use again.
The boil order affects only 31 homes in Samak Country Estates. Affected homes have had information posted to their doors providing details of the boil order.
Questions regarding the order should be directed to Samak Estates Water: 801-556-1064
For more information on boil order practices please visit http://www.summitcountyhealth.org/boil-water-order or call Summit County Environmental Health at 435-333-1502 or 435-336-3234.
County Outreach Serves a Reminder of the Health and Environmental Consequences of Vehicle Idling
Coalville – The Summit County Health Department, in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability, are reminding residents of the Summit County Code regarding idling vehicles and the health and environmental consequences that result in extended vehicle idling.
“The ordinance applies to locations within unincorporated Summit County where after two prior warnings are issued, on the third a $50 ticket can be issued,” says Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez. “But, the primary purpose of this section of the code is to educate the public about the negative consequences of vehicle idling,” he added.
During the winter months Salt Lake City is affected by vehicle emissions production that gets trapped in the valley and creates unsafe and harmful air for residents. Although Summit County lacks the same visual pollution reminder, when it comes to driving behaviors our actions produce the same particulate matter. If each vehicle driving in and out of the County during the work week reduced idling by just 2 minutes each day it would save more than a combined 74,000 gallons of gas and 661 metric tons of CO2 from being released each year. This is the equivalent of switching over 23,000 lightbulbs to LEDs. As a point of reference, the entire Park City School District changed out 28,000 bulbs to LEDs in 2016.
As the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) continues work on road repairs and the seasonal traffic creates longer commuting times, the County encourages drivers to take note. “Car pool, take a bus or enjoy a warm beverage with friends while you wait for traffic to thin out. Whether you are idling for comfort or idling as you come to a standstill on S.R. 224, tailpipe emissions are flowing into the air. Although the County Ordinance applies to the idling for comfort scenario, our aim is for people to make smart commuting decisions” reminds Lisa Yoder, Summit County’s Sustainability Director.
To get businesses involved and active in the Idle-Free campaign, the County will provide 40 educational “Turn the Key Be Idle Free” signs and accompanying pole to be placed in the parking areas of businesses operating in unincorporated Summit County. To request a free sign, a $25 value, a business owner should contact Erin at the Sustainability Office by calling the office, 435-336-0157 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The business must commit to placing the sign as soon as possible, weather permitting.
For more information on idling and how you can help get the message out to make Summit County idle-free, visit the What You Can Do page on the County’s website: http://summitcounty.org/715/What-You-Can-Do. All efforts to reduce idling and tail pipe emissions move the county closer to Council goals outlined and adopted in the 2015 Climate Action Plan, which call for a 15% reduction in all Greenhouse Gas Emissions over 15 years, beginning in 2015.
Summit County Health releases two-year water study findings
Report available to the public
Park City, Utah (Feb. 22, 2017) — After two years of study, Summit County Environmental Health released the findings from its wastewater systems assessment of water quality and soil suitability. The complete findings can be found at www.summitcountyhealth.org/environmental-health/septic-analysis-2016.
“These studies represent a new direction for addressing wastewater in Summit County,” Health Department Director Rich Bullough said. “We believe these data will allow us to be more proactive in our decision making, more collaborative, and will help us protect the quality of our water as our population grows and demands for water resources increase.”
Results from the study identified areas across Summit County sensitive to ground water. Using this information, Environmental Health staff can ensure septic systems are appropriately suited to the area where they are installed, ultimately increasing the life of the system and its ability to protect the environment. The end goal is to prevent future septic system failure due to growth and protect overall water quality throughout the county.
“This study creates a framework that integrates science, technology, and regulation for use in evaluating wastewater systems in Summit County,” Phil Bondurant, Director of Environmental Health said. “It provides Environmental Health with the most accurate information available and gives us the tools to make decisions that will protect the natural resources of Summit County through responsible permitting and regulation.”
Sampling was done in both Snyderville Basin and parts of Eastern Summit County to determine sensitive areas optimal for sewer or septic upgrades. Water samples were taken during peak runoff (spring) and baseflow conditions (summer) to test for Escherichia coli (E. coli), nitrates, general bacteria and human-associated bacteria.
(February 15, 2017) — Dr. Marielle Pariseau is raising awareness for National Children’s Dental Health Month in February with a Kickstarter Campaign. Oh’Pal (Oral Health Pal) is a waterless, disposable toothbrush specifically designed to make it easy, quick and mess-free to floss and brush in the classroom (or on the go).The goal of the Kickstarter Campaign is to raise $40,000 to launch Supervised Flossing and Brushing Programs in all Kindergarten classrooms across all three School Districts in Summit County.
“Oh’Pal stemmed from a lifetime interest in preventive care,” Dr. Pariseau said. “All children are born free of tooth decay. Our job as individuals, parents, educators and dentists, is to keep them that way. But we are failing.”
Tooth decay is the number one childhood disease in America and the number one use of operating room time in children’s hospitals is dentistry under general anesthesia. In addition, Summit County has the highest percentage of residents without health insurance in all of Utah, meaning many Summit County children don’t benefit from regular dental visits. Dr. Pariseau, retired dentist from Canada now living in Utah, believes proper brushing and flossing under supervision at school could prevent many potential oral health issues with these children.
“With Oh’Pal, flossing and especially brushing can be done away from a home bathroom, “Dr. Pariseau said. “Eliminating the need for a sink and running water makes oral hygiene in the classroom, at work, or on the go not only possible but also very convenient.”
After seeing successful results from school brushing programs in Scotland, Dr. Pariseau wondered how flossing could be added to make an even bigger impact on childhood oral health. She imagined a special toothbrush with a brush head pre-pasted with Xylitol (FDA-approved waterless toothpaste that can be swallowed) and a floss tail on the other end of the handle.
Dr. Pariseau enlisted the help of two teams of High School Students in the Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies (PCCAPS). The first team, comprised of engineering students, went into rapid prototyping for a solution after researching the problem. The second team made up of business students, designed and ran surveys in the community. One-hundred and two kindergartners from McPolin Elementary served as alpha and beta testers and helped inform the design during the rapid prototyping phase of the project. Insa Riepen of Recycle Utah aided Dr. Pariseau in making Oh’Pal disposable, recyclable and earth-friendly.
“Supervised flossing and brushing programs will make a difference,” Dr. Pariseau said. “For some children, classroom flossing and brushing will be the only oral hygiene they will benefit from that day.
In addition to offering Oh’Pal at a reduced price during the Kickstarter Campaign, Dr. Pariseau and her Company, TeethFirst®, will donate one Oh’Pal to a school program for every Oh’Pal bought. Dr. Pariseau’s dream is to see programs launched beyond the three School Districts in Summit County, starting with Wasatch County when funds are available.
Suesanne Bond has spent 36 years working in Early Intervention. A Summit County native, Susie began her work with special education out of high school as an aid in a severely mental handicapped unit. She completed her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education before earning a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She’s spent 17 years with the Early Intervention program at Summit County Health Department, which serves all of Summit and Wasatch Counties. Currently, the EI program serves 70-75 families in addition to seven referral families per week on average and transition families. Together, this amounts to about 100 children per month.
Early Intervention serves children with delays and disabilities from birth to three years of age. Workers go into the home and do an overall assessment the main domains of childhood development. Most work takes places in the home or other natural environments.
- Adaptive ( sleep patterns, eating patterns and abilities, self-help),
- Cognition (learning, how children interact and gain information from their environment)
- Communication (expressive and receptive: speaking, hearing and understanding)
- Motor (gross motor: crawling, walking. fine motor: using hands and fingers.)
Things we talked about in this episode:
- Every dollar ($1) spent on early intervention efforts saves $7 later in special education.
- Summit County Early Intervention program
After returning from Virginia Commonwealth University with her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Nursing, Melanie Heairld joined the Summit County Health Department in 2013. As a Nurse Practitioner, Melanie focuses a large portion of her time on women’s health and sexually transmitted diseases. “Having providers and educators available to every woman in the county would empower women.”
Alyssa is the health department’s Tobacco and Injury Prevention specialist and has worked in the health field in some capacity her entire professional career, starting as a CNA. After changing majors from nursing, she graduated in Health Promotion from the University of Utah. Here at Summit County, Alyssa works with the North Summit Peer Leaders at the middle school and high school, the Safe Kids Coalition, the Suicide Prevention Coalition and more. She also handles the county’s Tobacco Compliance checks and is a car seat technician.
Jennifer Morrill, stopped by to talk about the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program that she is the director of. Jenn has worked at Summit County for 16 years and has seen a number of changes in the program during her time here. In addition to offering nutrition education, WIC also provides supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support and referrals to health care. Jenn is also excited that the Summit County Health Department has been selected as one of the first health departments to test a WIC card that will take the replace of vouchers.
For more information on WIC, please visit: http://www.summitcountyhealth.org/children/women-infants-children-wic/.
Dr. Marielle Pariseau, a volunteer at the Park City People’s Health Clinic, spoke with us about the importance of dental hygiene in children. Summit County has the most children in the state of Utah who are not receiving adequate dental health. Fortunately, Marielle has a solution: Oh’Pal, a waterless disposable toothbrush she invented to help improve childhood dental hygiene, starting right here in Summit County.
Learn more at www.teethfirst.org
Support the Oh’Pal Kickstarter here or at this link: http://kck.st/2jNI22k
Jean Paskett, a lifetime resident of Summit County and longtime Public Nurse at the health department stops by to talk about the importance of immunizations and vaccines for people of all ages. Jean talks about the experiences she’s had over the last 39 years as a nurse and the growth and changes in the Coalville office.
Some things we talked about: