Public Health

Community Development Department

Meredith, New Hampshire

Brian Swanker, Meredith Health Officer

Mailing Address: 41 Main Street, Meredith, NH 03253

Office Location: 5 Highland Street, Meredith, NH 03253

Office: 603 677-4215

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What is “Public Health”?

Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. Environmental health is a subset of public health, focusing on the interrelationships between people and their environment.  A network of people, organizations and agencies contribute to, and support improvements in public health.  At the municipal level, the local Health Officer is an important component of the network. 


Roles and Responsibilities of the Health Officer:

  • Inform and educate the public about public and environmental health issues
  • Investigate health problems and complaints
  • Coordinate and serve as the liaison with regional and state public health system partners
  • Inspections and Enforcement
  • Participate in emergency response planning

NHDES Urge Residents to Conserve Water in Drought Areas

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A to Z Public & Environmental Health Topics:



Air Quality

Animal Control

the Meredith Police Department is responsible for Animal Control activities.  To report a dog bite, call the Meredith Police Department (603) 279-4561.  Dog licenses are issued thru the Office of Town Clerk, 41 Main Street, Meredith, NH 03253, (603) 677-4203.  For rabies vaccinations contact your local veterinarian.




Beach Advisories and Closures in New Hampshire

Bed bugs



Carbon Monoxide Poisoning




Drinking Water Advisories for New Hampshire



Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus



Food Safety

 The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) Food Protection Section is responsible for the licensing and inspection of food service establishments, including but not limited to, restaurants and retail food stores.  To file a complaint, report a foodborne illness or contaminated product call: (603) 271-4859 or go to:



Healthy Homes

Healthy Swimming 

Household Medicines & Proper Disposal

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The Town of Meredith participates in the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day coordinated by the Lakes Region Planning Commission. The collection day is usually scheduled for the last Saturday in July. Contact the Department of Public Works for more information at 279-6352.




What you should know for the 2016-2016 Influenza season





Lyme and Other Tick borne Diseases



Meredith Water Department

The town of Meredith owns and operates a public water system serving approximately 970 commercial and residential customers including approximately 45% of the resident population (EPA ID # 1521010). The water supply for this system is Lake Waukewan.  A Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is submitted annually to consumers detailing the quality of their drinking water. The CCR is required under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, and the applicable state and federal rules. Inquiries should be directed to the Meredith Water Department at (603) 279-3046.




Poison Control

(800) 222-1222

Private Wells

 There are no federal or state drinking water regulatory standards or requirements for private wells. The onus is upon homeowners to become informed, undertake testing for potential contaminants and to consider treatment as necessary.  For information regarding potential contaminants, related health risks, recommended testing, accredited laboratories, interpreting test results and water treatment options.

Why should I test my well water?







Septic Systems-A homeowner’s guide to septic system maintenance

Sewage Disposal- Questions to ask when buying a home or business 

Septic Systems- Reporting a Failed Septic System

 Contact Brian Swanker, Meredith Health Officer (603) 677-4215 or contact NH DES Subsurface Systems at (603) 271-3501.

Surface water for drinking purposes






Zika Virus


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