Duties and responsibilities of Environmental Health
Iowa County Environmental Health Department serves the citizens of Iowa County and is governed by the Iowa County Board of Health. Our mission is to improve the health and quality of life for the rural communities in Iowa County and protect the public from health hazards and environmental contamination. Our office covers septic permits, well permits, Grants to Counties programs for private well water testing, well plugging’s and well rehabilitation. Pool, tanning and tattoo inspections as well as nuisance and other environmental complaints.
Private Onsite Septic System Permit
Any homeowner, contactor, firm or corporation desiring a permit for a private sewage disposal system, future installation or demolition within Iowa County must file with Iowa County Environmental Health Dept. Please click here for more information.
For any contractor wanting to perform work on Septics in Iowa County, whether it be a new installation or repairs, you must provide a $20,000 bond, proof of contractor registration with the Iowa Workforce Development and proof of CIOWTS certification. If you have any questions about any of these requirements, please contact the Environmental Health Office at (319) 642-0107
Private Well/ Water Information
New Well Drilling Permits, GTC Well Plugging Program
Under the Iowa Grants to Counties program, we currently can assist with the cost of plugging abandoned wells and cisterns on your property.
up to $500 will be reimbursed for a properly plugged well and up to $300 for a properly plugged cistern. This work needs to be completed by a certified well plugger. Well Rehabilitation is also included in the GTC program, please contact the Environmental Health Office for more details phone number: (319) 642-0107
For drilling of New Wells, please contact the Environmental Health Office phone number: (319) 642-0107
FREE WELL WATER TESTS- Iowa County Environmental Health is offering FREEwell water tests for anyone who has a private well in Iowa County.
It is recommended that well water be tested at least once a year. testing also allows you to know the quality of the water that is in your well.
In order for a Nuisance complaint to be investigated, the complaint form link below needs to be filled out, signed and returned to the Environmental Office. If there are any other questions on the process, please call the Environmental Office at (319) 642-0107
For more information on Tanning bed permits and requirements, please go to the Iowa Department of Public Health website, or Call the Environmental Health Office at (319) 642-0107. website: https://idph.iowa.gov/tanning
Tattoo facility inspections
For more Information on tattoo establishment permits and requirements, please go to the Iowa Department of Public Health website, or Call the Environmental Health Office at (319) 642-0107, Website: https://idph.iowa.gov/tattoo
Onsite Wastewater Assistance Proram is a source of low-cost financing to help rural homeowners replace outdated septic systems. Upgrading these inadequate systems with approved on-site systems helps prevent pollution of surface water, groundwater and water wells in Iowa. Approved systems include both a septic tank and a secondary treatment system such as a leachfield. Without treatment, human waste containing harmful bacteria and viruses is discharged directly into the environment. The program offers low-interest loans through participating local lenders. An applicant must own an existing home with a septic system in an unincorporated area (outside city limits), not served by a public sewer. For more information please call (319) 642-0107 or Email: email@example.com