Streamlined public health complaint line launched 

Health officials are launching a new telephone system for reporting public health problems and concerns.

The Salt Lake Valley Health Department telephone line is a companion system to an online reporting site. Department spokesman Nicholas Rupp says the central phone system will streamline the reporting process for citizens.

A previous system offered nine different phone numbers for reporting different types of health violations.

Citizens can now call (385) 468-8888 to report problems like food poisoning, restaurant cleanliness, noise, drug-contaminated housing, transient camps, infectious diseases and other health concerns.

Rupp says during regular business hours, callers will be routed to the agency bureau appropriate for their complaint.

Health department director Gary Edwards says his agency relies on public observations of health violations to aid in the regulation process.

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