Monitoring & Testing

Community Development conducts monitoring and testing in the following areas:

Noise Control

Community Development occasionally investigates noise complaints from residential or industrial sources. Studies of the noise sources are performed to determine if the noise is in excess of local municipal code limits. If a violation is identified, action is taken to reduce the noise to acceptable levels or eliminate the noise nuisance. 


Using funds from a grant from the Iowa Asthma, Indoor Air, Radon Coalition, we advertise in local media to encourage citizens to test their homes for the presence of Radon in quantities large enough to affect their health. Public Health also makes available to the public for a minimal charge, test kits with which to test for radon presence. Health Department staff is available to counsel people about the presence and health effects of Radon.Visit the Iowa Department of Public Health website to learn more about Radon. 

Water Quality (private wells)

Community Development provides residential water well testing kits to residents who own or utilize a private water supply. A sample, usually taken from your kitchen sink, is sent to the State Hygienic Laboratory. The lab can test for Coliform Bacteria, E. Coli and Nitrate. The price of the testing depends on what tests you would like conducted.