Health Department
Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and Wednesdays by appointment.

Inspections Tuesdays, Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Killingworth Health Department works to prevent illness, promote wellness and protect health within the community. The Health Department is responsible for monitoring communicable diseases, enforcing local and State public health laws and regulations, providing health education and ensuring preparedness in the event of a public health emergency. Services include:
  • Regulation of onsite subsurface sewage disposal systems (septic systems) including soil testing, plan review, permits to construct, site inspections, permits to discharge and pump-out reminders.
  • B100 reviews for building conversions, changes in use, building additions, and construction of garages, accessory structures, pools etc.
  • Regulation of food service establishments including routine inspections, plan review and permits to operate. This includes year-round facilities, schools and temporary events.
  • Approval for construction of private wells and review and approval of private well water samples.
  • Routine inspection of day care centers.
  • Investigation of environmental health complaints including lead poisoning, substandard housing, public health nuisances etc.
  • Tracking communicable diseases and conducting investigations when needed.
  • Dissemination of public health information.
  • Participation on a regional basis to ensure readiness in the event of a public health emergency.
The Health Department works closely with the Public Health Nursing Agency to ensure that we:
  • Identify, investigate, and monitor community health hazards and problems;
  • Mobilize community partnerships and take action to solve those problems;
  • Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health;
  • Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues;
  • Link people to needed personal health services.
Your input and feedback is important. Please contact the Director of Health should you have any questions, need any additional information or have any suggestions.
The colder winter months are the best time of the year to conduct the test while doors and windows are kept closed. Free radon test kits are available from the Killingworth Health Department. Please call 860-663-1765 x223.
Putting on AIRS Asthma Program
The CT River Area Health District received funding from the Connecticut Department of Public Health and has partnered with Middlesex Hospital to coordinate a regional asthma home assessment program, Putting on AIRS. This program is available to Killingworth residents at no cost. Please visit

Putting on AIRS is a program designed to target the reduction of environmental asthma triggers in your home.

What services does this program provide?
With your permission, an Asthma Educator and an Environmental Specialist will visit your home to assess the home for environmental triggers of asthma. Specifically, the following services will be provided during the home visit:
  • The Asthma Educator will review your physician's asthma plan and medications with you.
  • The Asthma Educator will provide additional education to help you understand how to better manage your asthma.
  • The Environmental Specialist will walk through your home with you to help identify causes of asthma.
  • The Environmental Specialist will show you how to minimize the asthma triggers in your home.
  • A confidential report will be developed as part of your child's medical record to help control asthma. This information may be shared with your health care provider, with your permission.
How do I schedule a visit?
If you are a community member and/or service provider and would like to make a referral please contact the Putting on AIRS Program Coordinator, Sherry Carlson at 860-661-3300 or email at

The Town of Killingworth is located in the Mass Dispensing Area Region 39. This region includes the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Killingworth, Old Saybrook and Westbrook. The Mass Dispensing Area is coordinated by the Connecticut River Area Health District (CRADH). A public health emergency response plan has been developed for the region. A mass dispensing clinic is planned if necessary and volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities including information desk, traffic control, medical etc. Please contact CRAHD at (860) 661-3300 click on if you are interested in volunteering.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How often should I pump my septic tank?
A. The Town of Killingworth requires that your septic tank be pumped at least every 5 years. Undersized tanks and poorly functioning systems will require more frequent pumping.

Q. How are septic tanks sized?
Septic tanks are sized based upon the number of bedrooms. A 3 bedroom house requires a 1,000 gallon septic tank, 1,250 gallons for a 4 bedroom house and 1,500 gallons for a 5 bedroom house.

Q. How do I know if my well water is safe?
A. The only way to know that your drinking water is safe is by having it analyzed by a State certified laboratory.

Q. How often should I test my well water and what tests should I ask for?
A. Well water should be tested yearly for basic water potability including total coliform bacteria, nitrates, nitrites, pH, odor, chloride, hardness, apparent color, sulfate, turbidity, iron, manganese and sodium. You may want to consider testing for radon also.

Q. . Can I make food in my kitchen and sell it at a fair or other public event?
A. For the most part no, although there are exceptions. Connecticut requires all food at public events be prepared in commercial kitchens. Exceptions include baked goods (cookies, cakes), and jams, jellies, and preserves made from fruit grown on a residential farm.

Q. Do you regulate bake sales and pot luck suppers?
A. No. The law allows food to be sold or distributed at non-commercial functions such as an educational, religious, political, or charitable organization's bake sale and pot luck supper.
Town of Killingworth
323 Route 81, Killingworth, CT 06419
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