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Environmental Health

Location

536 Mill St
Ottumwa, IA 52501
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Contact Information

641-684-5425
641-684-8539 (Fax)
all_engineer@wapellocounty.org

Hours

By Appointment Only
Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Holiday Closures

Environmental Health

Environmental Health is responsible for managing and coordinating the following programs:

  • Septic System permitting and inspection
  • Environmental Health and Nuisance Complaints
  • Testing of wells for bacteria and nitrates
  • The Grants to Counties Well Program

PUBLIC HEALTH NUISANCES - Code Chapter 30

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Septic-Wastewater Treatment & Disposal

PRIVATE SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEMS - IAC Chapter 69

LOAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - OSWAP

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Time of Transfer

Iowa’s time of transfer septic system inspection law (SF261) took effect July 1, 2009. The 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. These sub-standard septic systems pose an environmental and public health hazard. All inspections must be conducted by an inspector that has been certified by the Iowa DNR.

A time of transfer inspection is valid for 3 years. 

If you have a septic system with a septic tank AND a secondary treatment system such as a seepage (leach) field, sand filter or other approved device, and it is not creating a public health or environmental hazard, it does not have to meet current code.

List of Certified Time of Transfer Inspectors

 

 


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