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Lead Program


Food & Lodging:
Scott Carpenter
Environmental Health Supervisor
Phone: (828) 465-8258
Email Scott Carpenter

Septic Systems & Wells:
Megen McBride
Environmental Health Supervisor
Phone: (828) 465-8268
Email Megen McBride

Staff Contact Info

map 25 Government Drive
Newton, NC 28658

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
In Catawba County, only 23% of the target population has been screened for blood lead level. To ensure that more children are screened at the appropriate age, the Environmental Health Division of the Catawba County Public Health Department is encouraging parents to obtain a blood lead level test for their children between 1 and 2 years of age. The department will be accomplishing this task through education, free lead screening kits, and consultation.

Lead is a dangerous poison that damages every system in the body. Lead is especially dangerous to fetuses and young children because lead is harmful to the developing brain and nervous system. Lead in a child's system hinders neurological development and can lower intelligence. The Centers for Disease Control states that lead poisoning is the most common and devastating environmental disease affecting young children. The long term effects of lead can be severe, and include learning disabilities, slowed growth, hyperactivity, impaired hearing, and brain damage.