Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday and Sunday - CLOSED
102 Groves Estates Court P.O. Box 129
Sikeston, MO 63801


Private Water Testing

Public Water Supply
It is the purpose of this program to protect water supplies to prevent water-borne disease or illnesses by providing technical assistance to the public in water treatment, well installation, and sampling.  This program addresses individual water supplies as well as water supplies that serve food and lodging establishments and other facilities under Scott County Health Department jurisdiction.

Private Water Sample Test Kit Information
Private drinking water sample test kits may be picked up at the Scott County Health Department at 102 Grove Estates Court, Sikeston, MO Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

Once the sample is obtained, it should be returned to the Scott County Health Department, where it will be forwarded to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Laboratory in Jefferson City. There is a $10.00 charge for this analysis, payable to the laboratory.

On-site Sewage

A Homeowner’s Guide to Major Repairs or New installation of a Sewage System
Senate Bill 446 established State Statue 701.025 through 701.059. This Statute required the Missouri Department of Health to establish standards and procedures for:

Construction or repair of on-site sewage systems.
Investigation of sewage system complaints.
Registration and training of sewage system installers.
Provide list of registered installers.
Listing of individuals qualified to perform soil morphology evaluations.
The Scott County Health Department is the regulating authority in Scott County Missouri.

The Scott County Health Department does not design on site septic systems. We do offer technical assistance and advice for those who request it.

The permit that is referred to is the Missouri Department of Health On Site Sewage Disposal System Construction Permit. If the information is completed correctly on this application and the fee is paid this permit is issued to the Local Health Department.

Once this permit is received by the Scott County Health Department along with the Soil Morphology Report and the completed application packet from the owner or installer, Environmental Public Health Specialists from the Scott County Health Department review the application packet and make a visit to the site.

When the information and the site all meet the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services Regulations, the Scott County Health Department will issue the Construction Permit. This Construction Permit is valid for one (1) calendar year. This Construction Permit, must be displayed at the construction site while any of this type work is being conducted.

Once this system has been installed, the Scott County Health Department will make a final site inspection of the system.

If the State Permit is not purchased, if the soils report indicates the soil is unsuitable, if the application packet is not completed correctly, or not turned in, if the proposed system does not meet the regulations, the Construction Permit will not be issued.

Soil Morphology
Only a Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services registered soil scientist may perform soil morphology evaluations for the purpose of design and construction of an On-Site Sewage Disposal System.   You may find a current listing of Registered On-Site Soil Evaluators in Scott County at

Environmental Public Health

Environmental Public Health Specialists are agents of the Missouri Department of Health. The Scott County EPHS is a Certified Environmental Health Specialist in the State of Missouri. The responsibilities of the EPHS include the following:

  • Inspect restaurants, taverns, schools, senior centers, retail food establishments, daycare & lodging establishments.
  • Evaluate plans for septic system installations, site evaluations, & issue permits.  Consult with homeowners & installers about septic options.
  • Collect private water samples upon request.  Two types of sample available:  Bacteriological & General Chemistry (also known as New Well Series).
  • Investigate complaints which may indicate a public health problems such as foodborne illness or sewage problems.
  • Conduct food schools in which food safety & sanitation is taught to food service employees.

NOTES: **Food Service Inspection results are open to the public.

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