Soil Absorption System
- Watershed Septic Improvement Grant
- Watershed Septic Improvement Grant funding is provided by the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation
- Septic Permit Application: Complete prior to installation or repair of the system.
- Iowa Code: Chapter 69: Onsite Wastewater Treatment and Disposal
- Septic System Treatment Overview Booklet
- Iowa DNR Septic Info
Septic System Information
Prior to a septic system installation, the Environmental Health Specialist will conduct a site evaluation and determine design standards based on the soil type and the number of bedrooms in the home. The purpose of this program is to protect surface and groundwater from contamination of human sewage. Human sewage carries many harmful pathogens that may cause people to become ill or even die.
Time of Transfer
Effective July 1, 2009, Iowa law requires that every home/building served by a septic system have that septic system inspected prior to the sale or deed transfer for the home/building. The purpose of the law is to eliminate sub-standard or polluting septic systems.
Environmental Health Specialist
Aimee Devereaux, MAS, REHS, HHS
2103 Main Street
PO Box 271
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
Office Phone: 712-852-3058
Private Well Information
Grants to Counties Program
The Grants to Counties (GTC) Program was established in 1987 when legislation passed the Iowa Groundwater Protection Act to help prevent further contamination of one of Iowa's most precious resources; our groundwater.
Grants are made available for plugging abandoned wells & cisterns, water testing, and well rehabilitation.
Well construction permits are required for all water supply wells installed in Iowa.
All well services in Iowa - including well construction and renovation or rehabilitation, pump installation and pump repairs, pressure switch and pressure tank replacement, and geothermal borehole construction requires an Iowa DNR Certified Well Contractor be present on the job site and in direct charge at the time well services