Environmental Health

Benson * Cavalier * Eddy * Pierce

Ramsey * Rolette * Towner



National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association

NOWRA is the largest organization in the U.S. dedicated to representing the onsite and decentralized wastewater industry. We work to protect water resources and promote the economic, environmental, and public health benefits of septic systems.


Whether you are new to the onsite/decentralized industry or continuing your professional development, you can get septic system education on line.

NOWRA online septic training: https://www.pathlms.com/NOWRA


Candace Berg, Environmental Health Practitioner/Director

524 4th St. NE, Unit 9, Devils Lake, ND  58301


Direct Line: 701-662-7039

Email: crberg@nd.gov


Brooke Kirkeide, Environmental Health Practitioner

524 4th St. NE, Unit 9, Devils Lake, ND 58301

Direct Line: 701-662-7082

Email: brkirkeide@nd.gov





Permits are required in the Lake Region District Health Unit area for all On-Site Sewage Treatment Systems (septic systems) installed in Benson, Eddy, Pierce, and Ramsey counties.  Permits are required prior to ANY CONSTRUCTION OR ALTERATION. Permits are required before work on new or existing septic systems can begin. The permit is required for all residences that are not hooked into municipal sewer.  For a permit or additional information contact: Lake Region District Health Unit-Environmental Health Division.


Forms & Health Regulations





Food & Lodging Consumer Complaints in response to emergencies.




To report food safety concerns or questions, contact:

ND Department of Health - Division of Food and Lodging

FDA Model Food Code: 





Resources for septic system maintenance and management:

University of Minnesota On-site Sewage Treatment Program - Resources for septic system maintenance and management as well as design information and worksheets.
NDDoH Septic Pumper Program - For information on licensure requirements for septic pumpers and a list of licensed septic pumpers in North Dakota.
NDSU Septic System Publications
EPA Septic Smart - Information and resources for homeowners pertaining to their septic system.
USDA Soil Survey - Soil data and maps
Web Soil Survey - Brochure
NRCS Maps, Data, Mobile Apps
Determining Soil Texture by Feel Flow Chart
Soil Reference Card
Professional Soil Classifiers in North Dakota

Online Learning

National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA) is offering members a new option for obtaining continuing education. Contractor 8 hour training:









Everything you wanted to know about RADON:



Diarrhea and Swimming Don't Mix Posters:




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