The Environmental Health and Sanitation (EHS) Department

The goal of the Environmental Health and Sanitation (EHS) Department is to maintain a high quality of life for tribal families and guests visiting tribal enterprises or residing on the Tunica-Biloxi reservation.  EHS ensures public safety through ongoing inspections of water systems and venues handling food and beverage on the reservation.  EHS protects the tribe by maintaining health, sanitation and safety standards.

EHS Department responsibilities:

  • Oversee all aspects of the reservation water system and water tower.
  • Test drinking water to ensure safety.
  • Oversee all sewer lines and lift stations throughout tribal property.
  • Review building plans to ensure water, sewage and other facilities meet the tribe’s needs and are compatible with existing infrastructure.
  • Regulate the Clean Water Act for construction activities for all tribal buildings and businesses on the reservation.
  • Respond to public concerns regarding health and safety.
  • Ensure that safe and healthy tribal evacuation shelters are established.
  • Oversee the disposition of condemned buildings on the reservation posing a threat to the occupant or area residents.
  • Oversee housekeeping of tribal buildings.
  • Maintain communication with local utility companies and the Department of Health and Hospitals.
  • Conduct business with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U. S. Public Health Service as needed.
  • Comply with all Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards and the National Fire Protection Act.
  • Consult with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Office of Homeland Security as needed.

For more information, contact:

Environmental Health and Sanitation Department

(318) 253-9767