Fort Madison, IA – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says there are nine communities in Lee County with no sanitary sewer system. An additional 14 subdivisions or housing clusters are included on the DNR's list.
Supervisor Ernie Schiller says it is important for these residents to look at constructing sanitary sewer systems. He says these systems help keep Iowa's waterways clean and will get properties in line with a new state law.
Schiller says any home that is now sold in Iowa must show that they have a functioning sewer or septic system. He says there are some properties in Lee County that have more of a make-shift system, which would prevent an owner from selling the land.
Schiller says new systems could also benefit Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS). Lee County joined the organization several years ago.
RUSS works with small communities as they try to install sanitary sewer systems. Schiller says money is available, so he would encourage it coming to Lee County.
RUSS helped Argyle install its new sewer system. The organization is currently working with the communities of Franklin and Mooar.