Crater Health District

Working together to foster healthy communities through disease prevention & control, health promotion, environmental protection and emergency preparedness & response. The District serves the cities and counties of Dinwiddie, Emporia, Greensville, Hopewell, Petersburg, Prince George, Surry and Sussex.

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The Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a force of dedicated volunteers who stand ready to support the community in the event of a public health emergency. Medical and non-medical backgrounds needed.

  • Low time commitment
  • All training is FREE
  • Become engaged in Public Health

ACES Summit June 1-3, 2017

The Crater Health District will host “Beyond ACEs: Building Community Resilience” summit on June 1-3, 2017. Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence, victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. Thus, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

We invite a variety of participants – teachers, healthcare providers, social services, community members, etc. – to learn about ACEs and how understanding ACEs can improve delivery of care, and build resilience to prevent negative impacts of ACEs. More information about the summit schedule and any costs will be posted here. Click here for more details about the Summit and to register!

Boil Water Notice for Warren St, Petersburg VA

The Virginia Department of Health in conjunction with the Petersburg Health Department, and Petersburg Utilities Division Water System are advising residents on Warren Street between Morton Street and South Boulevard to use boiled tap water or bottled water for ·drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution. This precaution is necessary because a water main repair that resulted in loss of pressure.

Do not drink tap water without boiling it first. Failure to follow this advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, beverage and food preparation, and making ice until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Boiling is the
preferred method to assure that the tap water is safe to drink. Bring all tap water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one (1) minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.

If you cannot boil your tap water.

  • An alternative method of purification for residents that do not have gas or electricity available is to use liquid household bleach to disinfect water. The bleach product should be recently purchased, free of additives and scents, and should contain a hypochlorite solution of at least 5.25%. Public health officials recommend adding 8 drops of bleach (about 1 teaspoon) to each gallon of water. The water should be stirred and allowed to stand for at least 30 minutes before use.
  • Water purification tablets may also be used by following the manufacturer’s instructions.

We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. To address this problem we are flushing the system, sampling for chlorine, completing required bacteriological testing. We anticipate resolving the problem within 24 to 48 hours.

For more information call: 

Waterworks contact: Jerry Byerly 424 St Andrews Street, Petersburg VA 23803 804-733-2407