The Peninsula Health District encompasses the localities of James City County, York County, and the cities of Williamsburg, Poquoson, and Newport News. We are a destination hotspot for tourists from around the world, and in 2007 hosted America’s 400th Anniversary celebration at Jamestown, VA. It is an area full of history, diverse cultural experiences, extensive natural resources, and of course, home to the First Sanitation Law in Virginia, which states in part, ”nor shall anyone aforesaid, within less than a quarter of one mile from the Pallizadoes, dare to do the necessities of nature”. This law was established on May 24, 1610 to protect the residents of the settlement from contagious diseases by safeguarding their water supply. The very beginning of Public Environmental Health in the New World began right here!
Our District office is located at 416 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA, with satellite offices in the Williamsburg area, and in the East End of Newport News. The Peninsula Health District has a population of approximately 324,000, and we host well over 500,000 visitors each year. We have over 1400 food service establishments permitted in the District.
The Peninsula Health District Environmental Health team consists of an Environmental Health Manager and 3 Environmental Health Supervisors, who work alongside a staff of 13 Environmental Health Specialists and 4 Office Services Specialists. This team has over 200 years of combined experience working in the field of Environmental Health! The team covers multiple program areas such as food protection, dairy processing plants, private water well permitting, onsite sewage disposal system permitting, rabies prevention, tourist establishment inspections (including hotels, motels, B&Bs, campgrounds, summer camps, etc.), beach water monitoring, temporary events, swimming pools, emergency preparedness, marinas, and general environmental health complaints.