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A Guide to Country Living in

Harrison County, Iowa.

 

Private Well Permits & Water Testing

 

Currently, 45% of the private wells in the state, which serve 9% of the population, are considered unsafe for drinking due to bacterial contamination.  Also, nearly one in every five private wells contain unsafe levels of nitrite, a common challenge in agricultural states that use heavy levels of fertilizers.  Nitrite in water supplies can be life–threatening at certain levels and cause ‘blue baby syndrome’.  The water testing program provides standards for construction of private water wells.  Enforcement of construction standards protects area drinking water aquifers from contamination.  The Environmental Health Department administers the Grants to Counties program, which includes water testing, well plugging, and well rehabilitation.  The Environmental Health Department offers water testing services free to any private well owner.  These water tests are used to determine the level of contaminants in the water sample and to verify that the water from the well is safe to drink.  Samples of water from the well site are collected in the county and sent to the Hygienic Lab at the University of Iowa in Iowa City for analysis.

 

Other services offered are well permits for new well construction and reconstructed wells and water well certification associated with property transfers.  On–site review and approval is required for all new well construction.  Information about grant assistance with the plugging of abandoned wells is also available.

 

 

Contact Matt Pitt for more information or to make an appointment.

 

 

Private Septic Permits & Inspections

 

A quick glimpse into work being performed by Matt Pitt.

 

Homeowners interested in constructing a home away from a city sewer system may contact the Environmental Health Department for information regarding the licensing and inspection of septic system construction.  County residents interested in having an existing septic system inspected for compliance with public health standards prior to the purchase of a rural property may also call for an on-site evaluation of the septic system.

 

The following inspections are required for new construction:

 

  1. Site review to assure your location meets state and county standards.
  2. During the construction process, prior to covering any portion of the system.
  3. Final inspection, the administrator will give your system a final inspection and will draw a diagram of its exact location to be kept on file in the department.

 

Contact Matt Pitt for more information or to make an appointment.

 

 

Other Health-Related Situations

 

The Environmental Health Department is charged with enforcing the county nuisance codes.  Please call Matt Pitt to report health–related situations.

 

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