Sanitation is a way of life. It is the quality of living that is expressed in the clean home, the clean farm, the clean business and industry, the clean community. Being a way of life it must come from within the people; it is nourished by knowledge and grows as an obligation and an ideal in human relations.
Through this department, the Buena Vista County Board of Health contracts with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals to inspect restaurants & other food establishments, hotels, motels, and vending machines; with the Iowa Department of Public Health to inspect tanning beds, tattoo parlors and swimming pools; with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to administer the well testing, closure and rehabilitation program and the Septic Pumpers inspections.
This Department issues permits for septic systems, junkyards, and well construction. In addition, the Department is responsible for indoor air quality including radon; unsafe structures and nuisance complaints.