Environmental Health


Environmental Health staff are continuing to provide on-site inspection services for septic system installations and soil verifications as outlined in the following On-Site Wastewater Inspections during COVID-19 Outbreak document.

The Environmental Health division administers the Rice County Sewage and Wastewater Treatment Ordinance, which involves reviewing individual and community wastewater treatment system designs, issuing permits for those systems and inspecting the installation of the systems to ensure code requirements are met. 

Other Responsibilities

The Environmental Health division also becomes involved in:
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Grant Programs
  • Public Health Nuisance Complaints
  • Solid Waste Issues, Air Quality Issues
  • Water Quality Issues

Rice County residents that are looking to obtain a water test kit can either purchase one from the Environmental Services office or can order one online directly from the Olmsted County website.

Please Note: It is important that samples are received within 28 hours of being collected or they will be rejected.

Please email the Southeastern Minnesota Water Analysis Laboratory at Email or call 507-328-7495 if you have questions regarding water testing, how to receive a kit, and/or how to return a test kit.

For questions or concerns relating to Environmental Health, please contact Marilee DeGroot, 507-332-6170 or by emailing rcplanningzoning@co.rice.mn.us.

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