Board of Supervisors, Jefferson County, Iowa

Environmental Health

Duties: The Environmental Health Department is responsible for the environmental health for the citizens of Jefferson County.

Location: 901 North 8th Street, Fairfield, M-F 9:00-5:00
Administrator:Dan Miller, Registered Sanitarian
Telephone: 641-472-2561
Fax: 641-469-3398

Sanitarian Duties:

  • Specify, permit and inspect all new septic systems.

   Criteria for Time of Transfer Septic System
(PDF file).

   Time of Transfer Inspection Exemptions (PDF file).

   NOTE: The new owner must apply for a new Discharge Authorization Permit - see

    The Notice of Intent Form is on the DNR website
    This form goes to the County Sanitarian.

  • Consult on RUSS (Regional Utility Service Systems) program.
  • Conducts well-water testing.
  • Coordinate Radon Mitigation Workshops for Contractors - call for information.
  • Inspect tanning salons and provide owner/management testing. For information, see the Iowa Department of Public Health website -



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Iowa Department of Public Health website -

For Healthy Homes, from the Iowa Dept of Health.   -

Iowa DNR website -

Iowa DNR - Private Septic Systems -

EPA information about radon -

Mold information - from two websites-

   Iowa Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health. -Frequently Asked Questions about Mold  (a PDF)

   From the EPA Mold and Moisture website -

Bed Bug information - from a number of sources -

   Iowa Dept of Public Health -

   EPA - Bed Bugs-Get Them Out and Keep Them Out -

   Illinois Dept of Public Health -

   A Beyond Pesticides Factsheet -

   Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force -"

   Vermont Dept of Health -

Lead Poisoning: How to Protect Iowa Families, the brochure, has been updated and approved by EPA for continued use in Iowa.

Rabies information, from the Iowa Dept of Health.

Asbestos, a website from the United States Environmental Protection Agency where you can learn about Asbestos.

Avian Influenza Information, from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website.

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