South Annex Building
129 W. High St.
Toledo, IA 52342
641-484-4788 (Emergency After Hours, Weekends, Holidays)
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Environmental Health Officer/Sanitarian
Chris Behrens of rural Clutier began work in May of 2021 as the Tama County Environmental Health Officer. Behrens, a Tama County native, is also a member of the Waterloo Fire Department since 1998 and a 1994 Wartburg College graduate. He and his wife Andrea live in east central Tama County and have three children.
He was interested in the position because of a love of outdoors, natural resources, and environmental conservation. The on-call nature of his work in the fire service allows him to remain flexible and accessible to contractors and property owners with septic system questions and installation permits during construction season. Behrens will work to make sure site analysis and soil sampling is completed with septic system installations to make sure the system is the best fit for property owners and the environment around it.
Behrens has his IOWWA CIOWTS certification (certified installer of onsite wastewater treatment systems) and is a state-certified Time of Transfer (TOT) inspector. He also has is well-plugging certification from the Iowa DNR and maintains his Certified Pool Operator (CPO) certification to assist with annual pool inspections.
Behrens suggests regular preventative maintenance on septic systems such as regular pumping and cleaning of filters can do a lot to help systems work longer and be more efficient. If you are planning to install a septic system, sell a house with a septic system, need a well tested or plugged, have a nuisance issue or need a radon kit, contact Chris at 641-481-3550.