Grants to Counties Water Well Program

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Grants to Counties Water Well Program

How does the Grants to Counties program work?
The Scott County Health Department participates in Iowa’s Grants to Counties program to provide financial assistance to residents whose homes are served by private water wells. The program strives to prevent contamination of groundwater and to provide free water testing to residents whose primary source of water comes from private wells.

Why is this program important?
As a standard recommendation, water wells should be tested for Coliform bacteria and nitrates once a year, after repairing or replacing pumps and pipes, or after drilling a new well. Additionally, any well that is in poor physical condition beyond repair, or no longer used, must be plugged according to Scott County Code, Chapter 24.

What type of financial assistance is available?
The Scott County Health Department can:

  • Sample your private water well at no cost to you. Samples are sent to a state certified laboratory and results are mailed to you.
  • Reimburse some of the cost associated with plugging a well.
  • Reimburse some of the costs associated with the rehabilitation of an older well.

Questions? Call 563-326-8618