Summit County News Releases

Summit County water study completed

Summit County Health Department completes two year water study
Findings to be released in December

Park City, Utah (Nov. 17, 2016) — After two years of study, Summit County Environmental Health is preparing to release the findings from its wastewater systems assessment of water quality and soil suitability.

“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.

Once released, the full study will be available at

Mental Health Services and Needs Assessment findings

Council work session for mental health survey findings

Summit County Council seeks public input on mental health survey findings
Engagement from county residents needed to take next steps


Park City, Utah (Nov. 4, 2016) — Summit County leadership seeks public input during County Council on November 9 to address the findings from the county-wide Mental Health System and Needs Assessment conducted earlier this year. This meeting will adopt a mental health resolution and discuss an implementation plan based on the survey’s findings. All county residents are encouraged to participate.

“This has been a community-driven process since its beginning almost two years again,” said Health Department Director Rich Bullough. “I want to thank all of the survey participants and encourage the public to participate as we move forward. Mental health is an issue we need to recognize throughout the county and it will take full community engagement to make this plan a success.”

More than 1,000 residents across the county participated in the survey, including proportionate representation from the Hispanic community. The full report, entitled “Mental Health Survey Findings and Community-Based Strategic Planning Directives for Summit County” will be available at immediately following the November 9th County Council meeting.

Key Information:

  • Who: Summit County Residents
  • What: Public engagement meeting to discuss mental health survey findings.
  • Where: Sheldon Richins Building (bottom floor): 1885 W Ute Blvd, Park City.
  • When: Wednesday, November 9 at 4:20 p.m.
  • Why: Mental illness is a physical disease that affects the brain. The best way to eliminate the stigma is through public discussion and community outreach.

Health Promotions Director says goodbye after 25 years

Summit County Health Promotion Director Announces Retirement
Geri Essen retiring after 25 years at the Health Department

Park City, Utah (Oct. 18, 2016) — After 25 years of service, longtime Summit County Health Department Health Promotions Director Geri Essen is announcing her retirement, effective October 21.

“Geri arrived with no programs in place and very limited resources as the first Health Educator for Summit County,” Health Department Director Rich Bullough said. “She’s worked behind-the-scenes to almost single-handedly build our Health Promotions program.”

Geri implemented a number of health programs and initiatives for Summit County employees and residents, many of which are self-funded by grants. These programs include mental health promotion, Injury Prevention, Tobacco Education, Employee Wellness, Seatbelt Education, physical activity school trainings, Diabetes Prevention, Suicide Prevention and more. Over the course of her employment, Geri’s programs featured thousands of participants, including the following:

  • Injury prevention: 2,617 participants
  • Nutrition programs: 2,569 participants
  • Physical activity school trainings: 6 schools trained
  • Tobacco Education: 43 retailers educated and inspected, 400-plus at e-cigarette training
  • Diabetes Prevention: three trainings with 31 participants
  • Suicide Prevention: 300-plus participants

“In addition to building up these programs, Geri has also developed strong partnerships in the community with schools and work sites,” Bullough said. “She leaves behind some big shoes to fill, but Geri has also hired a really great staff to move forward with what she’s established.”

Geri plans to spend her retirement time with her family. The Summit County Health Department will begin the hiring process for Geri’s replacement before the end of October.

Media Contact
Derek Siddoway
Public Information Officer – Summit County Health Department

Health Department hires new PIO

Summit County Health Department hires new Public Information Officer
Summit County native Derek Siddoway brought on board

Park City, Utah (Oct. 3, 2016) — The Summit County Health Department announced the hiring of a new Public Information Officer: Derek Alan Siddoway, a fourth-generation Summit County resident. Siddoway will work to increase community awareness and interaction with the Health Department’s programs, establish emergency communications and also serve as the assistant Summit County Public Information Officer.

“I’ve always appreciated growing up in Summit County and I’m looking forward to working with our residents, businesses and departments,” Siddoway said. “Not only was the PIO position at the Health Department a great opportunity and challenge, but it also felt like a homecoming of sorts.”

A graduate of North Summit High School, Siddoway completed his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Utah in 2013. During college, he worked as a part-time employee for the Summit County Weed Department and as an Emergency Management intern. Following his undergraduate studies, Siddoway spent the next three and a half years working in a public relations agency with clients such as Envision Utah, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Trolley Square and more.

“We are thrilled to have Derek join our team,” Summit County Health Director, Rich Bullough said. “In addition to being a highly skilled communicator, he knows our communities and our residents. We are certain he will help us better connect our department to our citizenry, and help us assure our residents and visitors fully benefit from the excellent services and programs we provide.”

Siddoway replaces long-time Health Department PIO Katie Mullaly, who left the Department this summer. In his down time, Siddoway serves as a volunteer member of Summit County Search and Rescue and engages in a variety of outdoor recreational activities. He also enjoys writing and is an avid fan of college and professional football.

Media Contact
Derek Siddoway
Public Information Officer – Summit County Health Department

SCHC Episode 1: Intro

We kept things short and sweet on the inaugural episode of the Summit County Healthcast. Derek Siddoway, the host of the show and Public Information Officer for Summit County Health introduced himself and gave a preview of things to come on the podcast. Some things we covered:

Summit County Mental Health Survey

There is NO health without MENTAL health.

Summit County is gathering information to improve mental health services. We would like to hear from residents about their experiences with mental health services in the community. We greatly appreciate your participation in this survey!

Click here to fill out the survey.

For a Spanish version of the survey, click here.

Please share this link with your organizations, community and friends so that we can gather as much information as possible.

Boil Water Notice Information

What you need to know if you receive a Boil Water Notice.

Boil Order: A boil order is issued at the time of confirmed E.coli contamination in the distribution system.

The boil notices are issued by the PWS based on their data and the request of DDW and the LHD.

Boil Order: A boil order may be lifted after two satisfactory total coliform sampling events have been completed 24 hours apart to confirm that coliform is not present. For disinfecting systems this includes after chlorine residual levels have returned to baseline levels. In situations where the system does not regularly add chlorine then the notice is lifted based off of two rounds of samples and chlorine residuals are back to zero (normal operating level), and DDW/LHD requires a follow-up coliform sample after normal operating conditions.

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Connecting Hearts & Minds

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

It’s time to start talking about mental illness. CONNECT brings together Summit County residents who are concerned about mental health issues facing our community.

Click on the image below for the calendar of events.


Public Hearing Notice

Water Concurrency Ordinance, Summit County, Utah

Public notice is hereby given that the Summit County Board of Health (“Board”) in accordance with UCA §26A-1-121, will conduct a public hearing to discuss and possibly take action regarding a proposed Water Concurrency Ordinance. The public hearing will be held:

Monday, May 2, 2016, Beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Summit County Health Department, 650 Round Valley Drive, Park City, Utah 84060

The Board seeks comment by members of the public on its proposed Water Concurrency Ordinance. The proposed Water Concurrency Ordinance will be the document that governs water concurrency in the Snyderville Basin, in Western Summit County. For further information, please contact Katie Mullaly at the Summit County Health Department, 650 Round Valley Drive, Suite 100, Park City, Utah 84060; call at 435-333-1503 or email

To view the Public Hearing Notice please click here.   The proposed code is available by clicking here.