Environmental Health

Food Safety
Health Department staff assist local food vendors with understanding and complying with regulations and standards in the Missouri Food Code and the Christian County local food ordinance. Food inspectors review area food establishments at least twice each year. A food score (based on a perfect score of 100) is issued and should be clearly displayed in a public area for the consumer's information and convenience.

Health Department staff encourage residents to be informed consumers. Look for the establishment's most recent inspection score, or call our office for results before eating out. Contact the Health Department any time you have a concern or complaint, especially if you observe unsafe food handling practices in our community.

Learn more about food inspections or the food safety program.

Christian County has a county-wide onsite wastewater ordinance established to protect public health and the county's natural resources. The Health Department encourages residents to understand state and local regulations and the importance of having a safe and effective wastewater system installed. The Department requires systems to be permitted and installers to be certified. Staff provide installer training throughout the year.

Learn more about the wastewater program.

Well Water Testing
Our certified laboratory offers water testing for the presence or absence of bacteria. We also offer a chemical analysis that identifies the levels of pH, nitrate/nitrogen, chloride, sulfate, fluoride, iron, manganese and lead. This test provides a baseline for drinking water quality. Staff can also collect samples for official water tests.

Learn more about the well water testing program.

Stream Water Testing
In collaboration with the Missouri Department of Conservation, recreational water testing is done monthly throughout the year, and weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Testing provides you with information that will help you make a good decision about whether or not to swim. You can call our office for results or visit the stream testing program link below.

Learn more about the stream testing program.

To file a food complaint or a wastewater complaint, please complete a complaint form and submit it to the Health Department. An inspector will be scheduled to investigate the complaint within five workings days, and will call the complainant with findings.

Records Requests
Please complete a records request form and submit it to the Health Department to receive records on complaints, child care provider inspections, food inspections, laboratory testing results, and wastewater inspection results. Please note: we can provide food inspection results and stream testing results over the phone without a records request