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McLain wears many hats for public health

Humboldt County Sanitarian (Environmental Specialist) Don McLain has many duties overseeing issues of a safe water, sanitary solid waste and food inspection. Humboldt Independent photo.

As the lead public health official for Humboldt and Pocahontas counties, Don McLain has to wear many hats and have knowledge of many different aspects of what constitutes a safe environment, safe water and safe food.
Don has served as the county sanitarian (environmental specialist) for both Humboldt and Pocahontas counties since July 2006. He has been employed in Pocahontas County since 2001.
“The job started out part-time, as I farm also,” McLain said.
As more stringent environmental regulations have come into play during the last few years, McLain’s duties have increased.
His office is responsible for administration of the Grants to Counties program that helps fund the plugging of abandoned rural water wells, the rehabilitation of existing wells and water testing for the county.
McLain also issues new well permits and septic system permits as authorized by the Iowa Code.
McLain is also the public health inspector under the auspices of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, reviewing practices at schools, hospitals and nursing homes, convenience stores and restaurants, regarding the safe handling, preparation and serving of food.
To read about important public health information that could impact you and your family, read the full article by picking up the Jan. 10 Humboldt Independent, or subscribe to the online edition by clicking on the link on this page.