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Ringgold County Environmental Health

Ringgold County’s environmental health programs are provided to promote and protect the quality of life and well-being of the residents of Ringgold County.

Environmental Health Services

Ringgold County’s environmental health programs are administered by the Clarke County Environmental Health staff. They work closely with Ringgold County Public Health, but their offices are at the Clarke County Public Health office on the south side of the square in Osceola (144 W. Jefferson).  Please call before traveling to the office in Osceola.  The staff is frequently in the field, and there may be no one in the office unless you make an appointment.  The office phone number is 641-223-8299 and the fax number is 641-342-2603.

On March 9, 2000, Ringgold County entered into a “28E Agreement” with Clarke County for the purpose of providing environmental health services to Ringgold County.  The “28E Agreement” refers to the Iowa Code Chapter 28E which is set up to permit state and local governments in Iowa to make efficient use of their powers by enabling them to provide joint services and facilities with other agencies and to cooperate in other ways of mutual advantage.

Ringgold County Board of Health

Ringgold County Environmental Health is an agency of the Ringgold County Board of Health.

Our Mission

Ringgold County Environmental Health’s mission is to promote, protect and ensure the environmental health and well being of the citizens of Ringgold County and to provide equitable and economical service.

Our Service Area

Our service area encompasses the entire county of Ringgold, including both rural and non-rural properties.

Our Services

  • On-site waste-water treatment and disposal (septic systems)
  • Time of Transfer Inspections
  • Private wells
  • Indoor air quality (includes radon, mold, and pollutants)
  • Pool, spa, tanning bed and tattoo inspections
  • Sewer camera inspections
  • General environmental health

Filing Environmental Complaints

Ringgold County Environmental Health investigates WRITTEN complaints regarding:

  • Dangerous buildings
  • Public nuisances
  • Health Hazards
  • Unhealthy living conditions
  • Illegal dumping

When filing a complaint regarding one of these areas, it is important to gather complete information before contacting our office. Things you will be asked to provide include property address, property owner’s or occupant’s name and phone number, nature and details of the complaint, and what has been done to contact the owner/occupant prior to referring them to our office.  The complaint form can be accessed by clicking here.

Iowa Time-of-Transfer Rules

Statewide time-of-transfer rules went into effect on July 1, 2009. Contact the Clarke County Environmental Health office for more information (Office, 641-223-8299).