Water Safety

Well Water Testing

Grants to Counties Well Water grant offers:

  • Private well water testing, as funds are available, at no cost to the homeowner.
  • Contaminants commonly tested for are Coliform Bacteria, Nitrates, Arsenic, Manganese, and E. Coli.
  • Limited homeowner reimbursement for well or cistern plugging and well reconstruction as funds are available.

Contact the Health Department for more information 319-291-2413 or email us.

Wastewater Improvement Funds for
Unsewered Communities

On December 8th, 2021, the State of Iowa announced a $100 million investment in Water Infrastructure made available through the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Approximately $10 million of the funding will be dedicated to onsite wastewater systems in unsewered communities. This is a one-time program that will provide grants to property owners meeting certain eligibility requirements.

This program will be jointly administered by the Iowa DNR, the Black Hawk County Health Department, and the Iowa Finance Authority.

Please see below for additional information and to determine if you qualify for this grant.

Eligibility requirements for Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Funds:
  • The home is within a designated unsewered community in the state of Iowa, identified as having 10 or more homes on 10 acres or less, where half of the occupied properties do not have adequate wastewater systems.
  • Property was constructed prior to the implementation of the statewide onsite system rules (before July 1, 1983).
  • The property was not updated during time of transfer requirements, (before 2009).


If you have further questions please contact our Environmental Health Staff at 319-291-2413.
You can also visit the Iowa Finance Authority website.

Downloads & Resources
Eligibility and Instructions – Onsite Wastewater Systems in Unsewered Communities Grant Eligible Applicants
Water Infrastructure Grant Application- Onsite Wastewater Systems in Unsewered Communities Complete this application to be considered for grant awards related to the design, permitting and construction of a private sewage disposal system.
To be completed as part of application process for Water Infrastructure Fund (Onsite Wastewater Systems in Unsewered Communities Grant).