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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit cchealth.org for smoke tips and airnow.gov for air quality in your area

Small Water Systems


Contra Costa Environmental Health works with 125 small water systems to make sure that the cleanest, safest and most reliable drinking water possible is delivered to approximately 12,000 users. A small water system has less than 200 service connections. Those operating small water systems in Contra Costa County must possess a valid water supply permit from Environmental Health, provide an emergency notification plan in case of a health emergency and perform required monitoring and reporting of water quality as specified by state regulations.

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