Environmental Health

Public and Private Water Testing

This program protects water supplies & prevents water-borne diseases or illnesses by providing technical assistance to the public in water treatment, well installation, and sampling. We address individual water supplies as well as water supplies that serve food, lodging establishments, and other facilities in Reynolds County. Private drinking water sample test kits may be picked up at the Health Center at 2323 Green Street in Centerville 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Once the sample is obtained, it should be returned to the Health Center for courier pickup before 10am Monday through Thursday only. It will be transported to the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services Laboratory for bacterial analysis. There is a $10.00 charge for this analysis payable to the State Laboratory.

The Health Center’s Environmental Public Health Specialist collects samples for bacterial analysis of private drinking water for Foster Care Programs and individuals under special circumstances situations. These are done free of charge. Call to make an appointment for this analysis to be done.

Septic Complaints

Complaints must come from someone adversely affected by privately owned septic systems & septic systems on land of four (4) acres or less. Complaints can be taken via phone or in person at the Health Center.

Lodging Inspections

Lodgings are inspected in Reynolds County to ensure that facilities offer a safe and sanitary environment to their guest. These safeguards are enforced by the governing sanitation standards that lodgings are required to comply with set forth by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services which can be found in the Policy & Procedure Manual.

Establishments that qualify for inspections are Hotels, Motels, Resort Cabins, Bed & Breakfast, and any place with 5 or more rooms for guest occupancy. Lodging facilities are inspected once a year. These inspections must be completed by the end of September each season.

Physical features serving Lodging Establishments subject to inspection are Water Supply, Sewage and Waste Treatment, Fire Safety, Electrical Wiring, Fuel Burning Appliances, Plumbing, Swimming Pools, and Food Service, if offered.

Food Protection

The types of inspections included under Food Sanitation are:

School Cafeterias Retail Grocery
Restaurants Senior Citizens Nutrition Centers
Taverns Summer Feeding Programs
Embargo Activities Truck Wrecks/Fires (food related)
Temporary Food Stands* Summer Camps (food related)
Mobile Food Service*

*Mobile/Temporary Food Stnads are defined as portable, not permanent food stands. These are most commonly seen at special events such as fairs, carnivals, and other special events. These establishments are inspected per event and may be inspected several times in one year. This does not routinely include church or other social events that are serving less than three days. Situations may vary and establishments may require inspection even though the event is only one (1) day. Guidelines available at the Health Center.

Frequency of inspections is determined by a public health priority based on the Food Establishment Public Health Priority Assessment Worksheet. Every establishment in the county is scored on this assessment sheet and assigned a risk category of High, Medium, or Low Priority.

  • High Priority – Inspected at least once every nine months
  • Medium Priority – Inspected at least once every twelve months
  • Low Priority – Inspected at least once every eighteen months

Additional inspections, field visits, or monitoring of food establishments may take place due to inspection history, repeated or uncorrected violations, changes in the establishment services and/or product, change in ownership, public complaints, food borne illness investigation, and food or equipment recalls.

For DHSS Food Codes, click here.

Daycare Sanitation Inspections

Daycare sanitation inspections create and maintain a safe, sanitary environment for all children in “out of home” childcare facilities regulated by the Department of Health & Senior Services. Those regulated are:

  • Family Homes – 1 to 10 children
  • Group Homes – 1 to 20 children
  • Childcare Centers – 21 or more children
  • Inspected Religious Organizations (not licensed) – 1 or more children

These facilities are inspected annually. They do not pass inspection until all defects are corrected. If an individual keeps more than 4 children in their home who are not related to them, the home must be licensed. Any childcare facility that desires licensure may be inspected regardless of their category or number of children cared for.

For more information in regards to any Environment Public Health Services, contact Reynolds County Health Center to speak to your Environmental Health Specialist at (573) 648-2498 ext. 19

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