07-14-2021 See Public Health Advisory Below: Cyanobacteria
To protect and promote the health, the environment and the well being of the Town of Natick residents and visitors.
The Natick Health Department offers a wide variety of services for the Town of Natick. The main purpose of public health is prevention and the services provided by this department are prevention oriented. The services range from a multitude of various inspections, vaccinations, communicable disease investigations, educational materials, training opportunities, emergency preparedness and staff assistance.
The Health Department runs the day-to-day operations of the office, while the Board of Health acts as the policy makers. Under the guidance of the board, the department is responsible to carry out and enforce public health policies; local, state and federal laws and regulations in order to protect the health, safety and well-being of our residents, visitors and the environment.
Call the Natick Board of Health for information on the following:
- Flu Clinics
- Food Establishments
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Livestock and Beekeeping
- Septic System Information
- Substance Use Prevention & Outreach
- Swimming Pools
- Tobacco Control
- Underground Storage Tank - installation, removal, inspection
- Wells, including Irrigation and Geothermal
On July 14, 2021, visual evidence provided by the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) indicate the presence of a cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) bloom in all of Lake Cochituate.
Signs will be posted at the Lake to warn individuals against contact with the water.
In all cases, avoid the following:
- Do not swim
- Do not swallow water
- Keep pets away
- If exposed to the water, people are advised to rinse off after contact. Pets should also be rinsed off if exposed as well.
The MA Department of Public Health will conduct follow-up sampling at the waterbody when there is no longer visual evidence of a bloom.
For more information, please check the MA DPH website page on Harmful Algal Blooms in Freshwater Bodies at: www.mass.gov/info-details/harmful-algae-blooms-in-freshwater-bodies
You may also call the Bureau of Environmental Health Toxicology Program at (617) 624-5757 or the Natick Board of Health at (508) 647-6460 with any questions.
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