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Food Handler Test Hours

Monday - Friday:

8:30am to 11:00am & 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Special Extended Testing Hours:

1st Tuesday of every month - 1:30pm to 6:00pm

The testing process takes 45 minutes to 1 hour. (30 minute video & 35 multiple choice questions)

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Program Overview
The Yakima Health District’s drinking water program protects the health and safety of the community by assuring safe and reliable drinking water.
Program functions include:

  • Well site inspections for Group B water systems
  • Assistance to the public in submitting applications for approval of new/existing water systems
  • Group B public water systems
  • Sanitary survey inspections of public water systems in Yakima County
  • Assistance with questions regarding water quality

Flood Affected Well Information
During periods of heavier than normal rainfall or excessive snowmelt, flooding can occur in Yakima County. Flooding may affect the water quality of wells due to contamination by floodwaters or runoff. Watch for changes in your water, such as changes in color or taste of the water. If you wellhead is in standing water, you should be especially aware.
If you notice any changes in your water, you should discontinue use of the water for drinking, cooking, bathing, brushing of teeth, or washing of dishes. You may continue to use the water to flush the toilet. Find a safe alternative source of water such as bottled water. Under extreme circumstances, when no other source is available, you can treat the water by bringing it to a rolling boil and keeping it there for a minimum of 10 minutes.
To disinfect a well, you can follow the Chlorination Procedures for Flood Affected Wells. However, if you must treat contaminated water for the purpose of drinking, boiling the water is the only acceptable method of disinfection.

Drinking Water Testing
Within the Yakima Valley, there are three locations where residents can take samples of their drinking water for water quality testing. The samples must be taken to the lab directly; the Yakima Health District does not have testing facilities or testing supplies (e.g., bottles, kits, etc.).


Cascade Analytical, Inc.
1008 W. Ahtanum
Yakima, WA 98903
(509) 452-7707


Valley Environmental Laboratory
201 E. “D” St.
Yakima, WA 98901
(509) 575-3999


Ag Health Laboratories
445 Barnard Blvd
Sunnyside, WA 98944
(509) 836-2020

 

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