Pocahontas County Public Health - Environmental Health Division

JANUARY IS NATIONAL RADON MONTH
Click here for more information about Radon and answers to a few basic questions concernting this helath hazard.

Exposing an Invisible Killer 
Each year in America, unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning claims more than 400 lives and sends another 20,000 people to hospital emergency rooms for treatment. Click here for a factsheet on the dangers of Carbon Monoxide. 

Summer Swimming Concerns

Elevated levels of blue-green algae can be harmful to humans and animals. 
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Well Permitting:

The Environmental Health office issues well permits to well drillers for new private wells drilled in Humboldt and Pocahontas Counties. The private well construction permit fee is $100.00.

Pool and Spa Inspections:
Swimming pools in Humboldt and Pocahontas counties are inspected annually to verify compliance with Iowa code regarding safety, maintenance, record keeping, and water quality.

Tanning Bed Inspections:
Tanning beds are inspected annually to ensure compliance with Iowa code.

Well Rehabilitation and Closure Grant Funds:
Through a grant provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Humboldt and Pocahontas County residents are able to use grant funds to help defray the costs of closing unwanted wells or rehabilitate old wells that meet certain basic requirements. Up to $400.00 is available for well plugging and $600.00 for well rehabilitation work.

Well Water Testing:
The Health Department will test private wells in Pocahontas and Humboldt counties free of charge. The test is for nitrates and coliform bacteria. Please call the office so that we can schedule an appointment.

Food Inspections:
Environmental Health is responsible for the food inspections in Humboldt and Pocahontas counties. All food establishments in Iowa are required to have a food license and are subject to an annual inspection. Also, establishments need to be inspected and licensed prior to opening for business. Temporary nonprofit food stands such as 4-H clubs, civic organizations and church functions are not subject to inspection. These are brochures available that outline safe food handling practices and how to best serve safe food in your community.

Septic System Permitting and Inspections: 
Septic system permits are required prior to construction of onsite systems. Septic systems are size based on the number of bedrooms in the home and the soil type into which the wastewater is to be discharged. The proposed site is evaluated to ensure that adequate setbacks from wells, property lines and structures are observed ad the systems is inspected during construction.

Radon:
Radon is an odorless gas that is present in Iowa soils. At high levels it is considered a carcinogen. The Environmental Protection Agency has said that breathing air with radon particles in it can increase the risk of getting lung cancer. If you would like to test your home or office for radon, the Environmental Health office has radon test kits available for sale at a nominal price. Also, there are a number of informational items available to help residents lower radon levels in their homes.