Perry County Health Department's (PCHD) objective of the pool/spa program is to assure that these facilities meet minimum standards of design, construction, and operation. In cooperation with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MO DHSS) the PCHD has established guidelines to promote safety and clean water quality in the Perry County pools and spas.
The Perry County Health Department will inspect each swimming pool and/or spa at least yearly and upon request. Educational and technical assistance is available at the MO DHSS website.
Pools, Spas, and Water Parks
Recreational water safety - Swimming is a fun, active, and healthy way to spend leisure time.
According to the MO DHSS, in controlled areas the biggest health risk you face is exposre to a parasite called Cryptosporidium parvum, commonly called crypto. This parisite causes a significant gastrointestinal illness approximately 7 days after exposure. Crypto is very resistant to normal disenfectants used in controlled pools and water parks and requires an extremely small dose to cause illness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has technical bulleins regarding the safe handling of fecal accidents in pools and spas found here.
For pool operators and those inclined to search for answers to more technical questions, MO DHSS has compliled a booklet called "Swimming Pool and Water Chemistry". This booklet is excerpted from here and it is an easy to understand guide to pool and spa maintenance and disinfection. The "Pool and Spa" home page is also a valuable resource for numerous controlled bathing area concerns. Chemical balance and control in pools and spas is a very important factor in the prevention of communicable disease. These and other control methods can be found here.
Private Drinking Water
Private Drinking Water - Frequently Asked Questions
1.I have a private well, how often should the water be tested?
2.What are the recommended tests?
3.Who does the water tests and how much will it cost?
4.How long will it take to get the results?
5.What other tests are available?
1. I have a private well, how often should the water be tested?
Property owners with private wells should submit a water sample from the well at least once every year (more frequently if the well was drilled prior to July 1987) and certainly whenever any changes are noticed in the water such as taste, cloudy, odor etc. The water should also be tested after repairs have been made to the water supply system.
2. What are the recommended tests?
Start with a bacteria test. This is a test for Total Coliform Bacteria and E. Coli Bacteria. The test results are recorded as either ABSENT or PRESENT. For more information on these forms of bacteria look here.
3. Who does the water tests and how much will it cost?
Property owners may collect their own water samples for bacterial testing (Total Coliform and E-coli). The laboratory requires you to collect and submit the water sample in the collection kits provided by the State Public Health Laboratory. These kits with sampling instructions are available at the Perry County Health Department (PCHD). There is a $10.00 fee payable to the laboratory upon completion of the test.
The water sample should reach the laboratory within 30 hours of collection. If the water sample is submitted to the Perry County Health Department on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before arrival of the Courier Service, the sample will be shipped at no cost. Call the PCHD at 573-547-6564 for Courier arrival times.
In certain instances an official water sample may be required. Official water samples must be submitted by an Environmental Public Health Specialist at the PCHD. If an official sample is required for a real estate transaction, contact a Licensed On-Site Inspector/Evaluator. See a current listing here.
4. How long will it take to get results?
Bacterial samples are sent to the State Public Health Laboratory in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Results from the tests should be back within one week.
5. What other test are available?
Talk to the Environmental Public Health Specialist (EPHS) at the Perry County Health Department about the specific problem you may be having with your water supply. Water tests other than bacterial must be obtained and submitted by the EPHS. Some water tests require prior approval from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. In most circumstances water samples will be collected by the Perry County Health Department at no cost to the well owner.
On-site Sewage: Construction & Repair
Perry County Health Department is contracted with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to oversee the Construction, Major modification, and Repairs of On-Site Sewage Systems in Perry County. Missouri State Law and Department of Health Regulations Governing On-Site Septic Systems http://www.health.mo.gov/living/environment/onsite/lawsregs.php requires a Permit and an Inspection by an Environmental Public Health Specialist. The law applies to:
Properties less than 3 acres and generating 3000 gallons or less of wastewater each day, except where the Missouri Department of Natural Resources may have precedence.
Procedures for obtaining a permit for construction of a new septic system or repair of an existing system in Perry County are outlined below.
- An Application and Permit fee form shall be obtained from the Perry County Health Department, 406 N. Spring, Suite 1 in Perryville, Missouri. These forms can also be mailed to the applicant upon request. A $90.00 Fee is to be sent to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, to the address on the application. This fee can be paid by check or money order, and is non-refundable. Property owner's name and site address must be made available when the applications are acquired.
- Return the completed Application together with a Soil Morphology Report &/or Perc test to the Perry County Health Department. A list of Registered Soil Morphologist and Licensed Perc Testers can be picked up at our office or by logging onto the MDHSS Web site at: http://www.health.mo.gov/living/environment/onsite/ose/Perry.php. Upon verification from MDHSS that the permit fee has been paid, a site visit is scheduled with the owner and/or the Contractor. The Septic system must be installed by a STATE REGISTERED INSTALLER, a list of these installers can be found at http://www.health.mo.gov/living/environment/counties/Perry.php or by contacting the Perry County Health Department.
- After the application and appropriate documents have been reviewed by the Environmental Public Health Specialist (Administrative Authority), and after a satisfactory site visit, the Environmental Public Health Specialist (EPHS) will issue the Permit for Construction.
NO CONSTRUCTION WORK should be started on the proposed septic system UNTIL the PERMIT FOR CONSTRUCTION has been issued.
The Permit expires one year from date of issue.
- The installer or homeowner shall contact the EPHS BEFORE construction begins, giving an opportunity to inspect during construction. Also the installer must give 24 hours notice prior to finishing the system, again giving the EPHS an opportunity to conduct a final inspection while the field and Septic tank are uncovered.
- Upon completion of the septic system, the Environmental department will forward to the homeowner (&/or installer if requested) a final inspection report as well as copies of the application, soils report and the Engineer design (if applicable).
On-Site Sewage Education
There are several training and educational opportunities available through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services:
Basic Registered Installers training course.
For Advanced On-Site Wastewater Treatment (OWTS) courses go to:
Advanced OWTS Installer Course.
These two-day training courses are for individuals desiring to become registered with the state of Missouri.
Registered OWTS Installers must obtain 20 contact hours of approved continuing education.
Registered installers may also take on-line courses to earn CEU's, for more information log on the MDHSS web site http://www.health.mo.gov/living/environment/onsite/courses.php.
Onsite Soil Evaluators (OSE) http://www.health.mo.gov/living/environment/onsite/courses.php#InspectEvalCourse Licensed Inspector/Evaluator course
An effort will also be made by the Perry County Health Department to inform the local Registered Installers and Inspector/Evaluators when the Missouri Small Flows Organization or other approved entities will make continuing education classes available in this area.
On-site Sewage: Inspectors/Evaluators
Licensed Onsite System Inspectors/Evaluators (Real Estate Transactions)
Licensed Onsite system Inspectors/Evaluators are licensed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and are authorized to inspect or evaluate existing onsite wastewater treatment systems for real estate transactions. These individuals are not licensed to perform regulatory functions, such as inspecting installation or repairs where an onsite system construction or a building permit is needed.
For a list of Licensed Inspectors/Evaluators in Perry County click here.
The Perry County Health Department does not inspect/evaluate an existing onsite sewage disposal system for real estate transactions.
A licensed Evaluator can only perform evaluations. A licensed Inspector can perform both inspections and evaluations. An inspection provides a thorough assessment of the onsite system and all of its components. The evaluation is a report on the general condition of the on-site system, including any signs of current or past failure. Both the inspection and evaluation include an assessment of the private water system, if one exists.
Perry County Health Department
405 N. Spring, Suite #1
Perryville, MO 63775
Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday - Friday
Boil Water Instructions
Bacteria that may cause illness have been found in the water supply. All residents must continue to boil or treat water until the supply has been made safe.
Drinking water may be treated by one of the following methods:
- Boil water for three (3) minutes in a clean container. The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a bottle or by pouring it back and forth from one container to another.
- Mix one-half (1/2) teaspoon of liquid, unscented chlorine laundry bleach, such as Clorox or Purex, with two-and-one-half (2 1/2) gallons of water, and let stand for at least thirty minutes before drinking.
Add two (2) drops of tincture of iodine solution to one (1) quart of water. After mixing thoroughly, allow to stand for at least thirty (30) minutes before drinking.
The Water must be boiled or treated for the following:
- Tooth brushing
- Washing raw fruits and vegetables
- Bathing babies
- Washing and cleaning of cooking and eating utensils
- Eating and cooking utensils may be washed using unboiled water and then disinfected by immersing them for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of liquid, unscented household chlorine bleach per gallon of water
- Ice – dispose of ice cubes and remake ice with water that has been boiled
- Cleaning or soaking open wounds
- Cleaning of medical equipment
- Use in room humidifiers
Untreated clear water may be used for:
- Bathing except for babies
- Flushing toilets
If you have question concerning health related issues, contact the Perry County Health Department at 573-547-6564 or the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services at 1-800-392-0272