Buchanan County Environmental Health

Buchanan County Environmental Health is a division of Buchanan County Public Health and falls under the direction of the Buchanan County Board of Health.  This division was established in 1975 to promote, protect and ensure the health and well being of the citizens of Buchanan County, including both rural and non-rural properties.

Duties and responsibilities of the department include the following:  issuing permits for new wells and septic systems and inspecting the same; testing wells for bacteria and nitrates; assisting with the plugging of abandoned wells and rehabilitating old wells; investigations of public health nuisances and complaints; coordinating services with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Northeast Iowa Inspections and the Iowa Department of Health.

Department History for 75th Anniversary Celebration - April 2015


 January 3, 2017


Buchanan County Environmental Health is holding a radon poster contest in conjunction with the annual statewide Iowa Radon Poster Contest.  The purpose of this contest is to teach students about radon and how to reduce their risk of exposure.  Buchanan County Environmental Health will be offering an award to Buchanan County Residents for the top three posters from each age group and even if the individual is not a resident of Buchanan County, all posters will be forwarded on for participation in the state poster contest which has more prizes available to everyone.  For more information, please view the Radon Poster Contest webpage.