Environmental Health Specialist
2105 Main Street
PO Box 271
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
Office Phone: 712-852-3058
Soil Absorption System
- Watershed Septic Improvement Grant Application
- Watershed Septic Improvement Grant funding is provided by the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation
- Septic Permit Application: Complete prior to installation or repair of the system.
- Fillable Form: Palo Alto Septic Permit application Form
- Iowa Code: Chapter 69: Onsite Wastewater Treatment and Disposal
- Septic System Treatment Overview Booklet
- Iowa DNR Septic Info
- EPA Septic Systems
Septic System Information
Time of TransferEffective 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.
- TOT Binding agreement for weather delayed inspection
- TOT Binding agreement for demolition
- TOT Binding agreement for a future installation
- List of Certified Time of Transfer Inspectors
- Obtain a septic construction permit from the county environmental health department.
- Complete an OSWAP approval form which is completed through the county environmental health department.
- Apply for a loan through a participating lender. Please note, lenders may become a participating lender by following the simple steps provided here.
- Hire a septic contractor to complete the approved project.
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.
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