Environmental Health

Soil  Absorption System


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

Fax:  712-852-4307

email:  akdevereaux@yahoo.com

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.

Plugging Wells

Private Well Water FAQ



Well Permit
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